Luckily, nobody was injured in the collision, but the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring was badly damaged.
Chris Harris is starting to become as accident-prone as Richard Hammond. Earlier this year, the presenter had to escape from a burning Alpine A110 while filming for the last season of Top Gear, and now he’s been involved in an accident while driving a Porsche 911 GT3 Touring.
According to the BBC, Harris was driving the 911 GT3 Touring on a road near Tintern in Wales for a feature in Top Gear magazine, when he collided with a pickup truck attempting a three-point turn. A senior Top Gear magazine executive was also in the car at the time of the crash. Nobody was injured, luckily, but a photo taken from the scene shows the 911 GT3 was badly damaged as the front bumper, front fender and hood were destroyed.
An eyewitness said the Porsche slammed into the side of the pickup truck. “We can confirm that Chris Harris was involved in a car accident in Wales earlier today whilst working on a feature for Top Gear magazine,” a Top Gear spokesperson said. “Chris, his passenger [reportedly a senior executive from the magazine] and the driver of the other car, were unhurt and police were called to the scene.”
Harris has also commented about the accident on Twitter. “Came around a corner yesterday to find a pick-up doing a 3 point turn broadside, in the middle of the road. Unavoidable. Just one of those things,” he wrote. “The Porsche 911 looked after us brilliantly. No one hurt, cars can be replaced.” He also added that police have confirmed speed wasn’t a factor. “I wasn’t the one issued a penalty notice,” he added, implying that the driver of the pickup was at fault for the accident and charged by police.
Harris will return for the next season of Top Gear, which will air early next year. He will then be joined by new co-hosts Paddy McGuinness and Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff, who will replace Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid as main hosts when season 27 airs in late 2019.