“I’ve checked and I’m not dead.” Well, at least he hasn’t lost his sense of humor.
British tabloids have been reporting that Richard Hammond was involved in a serious motorcycling accident and suffered injuries to his head while filming in a remote part of Mozambique for the second series of The Grand Tour. It sounded like a dire situation – Hammond was left unconscious, and the accident happened miles away from medical help. Thankfully, it looks like his injuries were relatively minor, as Hammond has issued a statement on Drivetribe reassuring fans that he’s okay.
Encouragingly, he hasn’t lost his sense of humor: “I’ve checked and I’m not dead,” he joked. “It's true, I did fall off a motorbike whilst filming recently for The Grand Tour in Mozambique,” he wrote on the social media website. “I banged my head, yes, along with pretty much everything else apart from my left thumb, which remains un-bruised. Can't tell you more yet about the how and why of it; that's all for later in the year on the show." As for injuries; well put it this way, I don't think I can get a book out of it.” That last tongue-in-cheek statement is of course referring to his near-fatal crash in 2006, when he lost control of a jet-powered car at 288 mph while filming for Top Gear.
The high-speed crash left the presenter in a coma for two weeks with a serious brain injury, but he has since made a remarkable recovery. A book was also published at the time, giving heartfelt accounts of the accident from both Hammond and his wife. While it sounds like this recent accident was nowhere near as serious, it’s a reminder of the genuine danger the presenters sometimes face when filming scenes for The Grand Tour for our entertainment.