BBC Top Gear: Freddie Flintoff becomes latest star injured in accident after Richard Hammond’s near-death crash in 2006
The former England cricket captain, 45, from Preston, was taken to hospital on Tuesday (13 December) following his involvement in a high-speed crash while filming for the latest series of the popular car enthusiast show.
Following the news of Freddie’s crash, we look at a previous accident on Top Gear involving former presenter Richard Hammond.
What happened to Richard Hammond in 2006?
Richard Hammond nearly lost his life in a crash filming for the show on 20 September 2006 at York’s Elvington airfield.
The 52-year-old, from Solihull, was driving a Vampire jet car - capable of travelling at speeds of up to 370 mph - when one of the tyres blew, causing it to spin out of control and crash at 320 mph.
The presenter was cut free from the car using hydraulic shears before being airlifted to the nearest hospital.
He was treated for a frontal lobe brain injury that saw him placed in a coma for a period of time.
It was speculated at the time that if he was taller he would have been decapitated.
Hammond opened up about the terrifying ordeal in a YouTube video for the What Next channel.
In the video, he spoke about how he regained consciousness after doctors told his wife, Mindy, that he might not make it.
He said: “She’d been called into intensive care and told: ‘Mrs Hammond, I’m really sorry, things aren’t looking good’.
“Apparently, she roared and screamed and swore at me ‘don’t you dare die’, and that’s when I woke.”
Earlier this year, Hammond got back behind the wheel of the car that nearly killed him in a video for the DriveTribe YouTube channel, owned by himself, Jeremy Clarkson and James May.
“Hello again,” he said as he greeted the vehicle. “You look in better shape than last time I saw you, anyway.”
He added: “What’s odd is, I remember the last time I got in this thing, but I don’t remember getting out, so technically I’m still in it.”