Vest o izletanju sa puta proširila se društvenim mrežama, dok britanski Daily Mail piše da se udes dogodio na snimanju druge sezone popularne emisije The Grand Tour kada je Richard Hammond upravljao Rimac Concept_One – električnim superautomobilom hrvatskog proizvođača Rimac Automobili.
U izjavi na social media profilima emisije navodi se da je Richard bio priseban nakon udesa, te da je sam izašao iz automobila koji je ubrzo potom obuhvatio plamen. Njegov kolega, Jeremy Clarkson, izjavio je da je u pitanju bio jedan od najvećih udesa ovog tipa koji je u životu video, ali da je Hammond srećom izbegao teže povrede.
Izjava hrvatske kompanije Rimac Automobili povodom današnje nesreće nastale na snimanju emisije u Švajcarskoj:
Rimac Automobili can confirm that the Concept_One, tested by the crew of The Grand Tour against two other supercars in Switzerland this week, was involved in an accident. The filming in Switzerland was ongoing from June 5th and involved various tests – including a hill climb race on June 10th. Following the accident, the driver – Richard Hammond – was assessed at a local hospital. The Grand Tour team assures he has not suffered any severe injuries.
A spokesperson for The Grand Tour said: „Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames. He was flown by Air Ambulance to hospital in St. Gallen to be checked over revealing a fracture to his knee.“ „Nobody else was in the car or involved in the accident, and we’d like to thank the paramedics on site for their swift response. The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated.“ Rimac Automobili wishes Richard a quick recovery.