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Amazon’s Richard Hammond survived a fiery crash while filming ‘The Grand Tour’

Amazingly, just a fractured knee.

Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Richard Hammond, a cast member of Amazon’s “Grand Tour” driving show, was in a harrowing crash where his car burst into flames today.

Amazon says Hammond, who was filming an episode in Switzerland, has a fractured knee but is otherwise okay. And it says no one else was hurt in the crash.

Here’s the full statement from Amazon:

“Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric super car built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour season two on Amazon Prime Video, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury. 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.”

Here’s the slightly odd thing about Amazon’s statement. At the end of it, it tells media people like me that “Images are available” and directs me to a cloud-based storage site.

So while I don’t normally publish car crash photos, Amazon thinks you should see them.

Perhaps that’s because a dangerous-but-ultimately-non-fatal crash fits with the ethos of the show, which is the sequel to the BBC’s enormously popular “Top Gear.” And Amazon paid a gazillion dollars for this one, so it wants to get its money’s worth. Who knows?

Anyway, here you go:


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