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Richard Hammond ‘airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following crash’

Presenter was taking part in mountain race

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Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond has reportedly been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a car crash.

The incident occurred during a mountain race in Switzerland, with Swiss press reporting that the presenter crashed on a closed road.

Crash scene (Credit: Twitter)

Photos posted to Twitter show a car in flames alongside a road at the Bergrennen Hemberg event.

Local media are reporting that his £2million car left the track after catching fire.

A spokesperson from the St Gallen police said the injured driver was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Emergency services at the scene (Credit: Twitter)

Hammond has been filming The Grand Tour, which he stars in alongside ex-Top Gear co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May, in Switzerland.

Just a few weeks ago, Hammond announced he was steering clear of death-defying stunts for his beautiful family.

“I’ve a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters. I’m not going to risk leaving them. Not for their sake, but for mine.”

This followed the daredevil – nicknamed The Hamster – coming off his bike and being knocked out while filming for the upcoming Amazon series.

Hammond with his Grand Tour buddies (Credit: Amazon)

Fans have shared posts of his visit to Switzerland on social media.

The 47-year-old was famously involved in a terrible smash back in 2006, crashing a Vampire dragster at 288mph, while filming Top Gear – which left him in a coma.

When he woke up, he didn’t recognise his wife, Amanda.

The couple have two daughters: Isabella, 16, and Willow, 13.

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