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Clarkson and May both thought Richard Hammond was DEAD after horror crash

“If Richard had been a few seconds slower getting out, he would have been incinerated”

Andy Wilman

Shocking footage showed Hammond’s Rimac Concept One car flip several times and land upside down after plummeting from a mountain race.

Long-term pals Clarkson and May both feared the worst after seeing the devastating wreckage.

But they found the 47-year-old had crawled out of the car just before it exploded, and was laying on the ground close to the vehicle.

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FATAL FEARS: Hammond’s pals thought he had died in the crash

Clarkson described the crash as like a bomb going off and “the worst crash he had ever seen”.

And Grand Tour executive producer Andy Wilman, who also produced Top Gear with the trio, revealed that Clarkson and May feared that the Hamster was done for.

He told the Sunday Mirror: “Jeremy and James both raced down to the scene of the crash as soon as it happened.

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SECONDS: Hammond just escaped death

“When they saw the wreckage on fire they thought Richard was dead. It was really bad.”

Miraculously, despite the car clocking 220 mph at the time of the crash, Hammond escaped the accident in Lucerne, Switzerland, with a broken knee cap.

He had travelled there with the Grand Tour team to take part in the Hemburg time-trial for the show.

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ON THE MEND: Hammond is recovering in hospital

Mr Wilman added: “They were staggered he had got out of it alive, because there was just nothing left.

“Everyone is so relieved. If Richard had been a few seconds slower getting out, he would have been incinerated.”

Hammond previously suffered brain injuries after crashing at 288mph in 2006.

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