Ex 'Top Gear' presenter Richard Hammond in Swiss hospital after crashReuters June 11. 2017 3:14AM
"Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames," a spokesman for "The Grand Tour" said in a statement.
He suffered serious brain injuries and was in the hospital for five weeks after a Vampire drag racer he was driving burst a tire and left the course at 288 mph at Elvington airfield, near the British city of York, in September 2006.
Hammond recovered and returned to broadcasting and to "Top Gear," which aired in more than 200 countries and was watched by 350 million viewers worldwide.
He left the BBC show along with colleagues Jeremy Clarkson and James May when Clarkson was fired in 2015 for physically attacking a member of the production team.
"The Grand Tour," an Amazon series, reunites the old "Top Gear" team. Saturday's accident occurred during the filming of its second series.