The Grand Tour star Richard Hammond has suffered a second ‘horror’ crash in 11 years after falling from his motorbike and was found lying unconscious in the road.
The 47-year-old, who sustained brain injuries after a 288mph rocket car accident in 2006, toppled off his motorcycle and banged his head while riding through a ‘remote’ part of Mozambique.
Hammond was filming for the new series of The Grand Tour – it is not known if he was wearing a helmet during the filming but co-star Jeremy Clarkson said he was ‘hurt quite badly’.
He reportedly lay unconscious on the road but when asked if he needed to go to hospital Clarkson said: ‘We don’t do hospitals’. He has made a full recovery since the crash, which happened in the last fortnight.
In 2006 Hammond nearly died after crashing a jet powered car at 288 mph and slipped into a coma during an attempt to break the British land speed record for the BBC show.
The father-of-two has since made a full recovery and is ‘back to jokes and banter’ with Clarkson, 57, and James May, 54, but the incident caused huge concern among the Amazon show’s crew.
A source told The Sun: ‘Richard was travelling quite fast when he came off. It caused instant horror on set. There was a lot of concern.
‘If his injuries had been serious it wouldn’t have been easy to get medical attention. It’s very remote there and facilities are basic.’
The insider added the trio were ‘shaken’ by the incident considering Hammond’s previous crash, although it is understood he did not need to go to hospital.
It is believed the motorbike accident will feature on the show when it is released later this year.
Hammond was airlifted to hospital in September 2006 after his Vampire jet-powered dragster spun out of control when a tyre burst during a daredevil stunt at Elvington airfield, near York.
After five weeks in hospital he was allowed to go home to his wife Mindy and their two daughters, Isabella and Willow.
The father, nicknamed ‘Hamster’, previously told how he struggled ‘mortally with depression’ and spoke regularly to a psychiatrist following the incident.
He damaged the part of his brain which controls spatial awareness, and admitted that he subsequently found it difficult to park a car.