Richard Hammond’s wife has told of the moment she ‘almost went to pieces’ upon hearing he had been involved in another serious accident during filming for The Grand Tour.
Hammond was airlifted to hospital after a horrific crash this month, after the 47-year-old lost control of a car before it flipped several times.
The presenter managed to crawl out of it before it burst into flames, but still suffered from serious injuries including a fractured knee.
His wife Mandy has said that she is ‘incredibly grateful’ that he only injured himself, unlike the outcome his co-stars Jeremy Clarkson and James May’s had feared.
Writing in the Sunday Express, she said: ‘None of us in our little family dare consider what the outcome would have been if Richard hadn’t scrambled his way out of that car last weekend.’
‘We’re just incredibly grateful he got out and escaped with cuts, bruises and a broken knee.
‘Before they loaded him on to the stretcher he called me, anxious to let me know he’d “had a bit of a shunt” but was okay. James (May) spoke to me moments later and gave me a little more information.’
She said Hammond was ‘downplaying what had happened’ due to the shock of getting out of the car seconds before it burst into flames.
Amanda then spoke of feeling ‘peculiar’ upon hearing the news while shopping with her eldest daughter Izzy.
They reassured each other that Hammond would be fine, but has admitted that they were both incredibly nervous.
She said: ‘In the back of my mind – and Izzy’s too – were the memories of his last accident. I’m not a panicker, but I almost went to pieces this time.
‘I didn’t rant or get hysterical but my brain needed to keep itself occupied with something – anything – as long as it wasn’t the reality of Richard’s situation.’
She wrote of her concerns that memories of Hammond’s life-threatening crash in 2006 would resurface, but added Willow was too young to have ‘vivid’ recollections of that incident.
Mandy is looking forward to having Hammond back home to begin his rehabilitation, and has praised a ‘guardian angel’ for keeping him safe for a second time.
She added: ‘The girls have borne it well; we will go forward with a sense of humour and positivity; with enormous gratitude to that busy guardian angel who stepped in once more.
‘Most of us are fortunate to escape looking death in the face. Richard has done it twice – and that’s two times too many.’