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Sky News is reporting more details on the circumstances surrounding the crash involving Top Gear host Richard Hammond. Apparently Hammond was making an attempt at the British land speed record in the Thule Vampire, a 30-foot Rolls-Royce jet-powered dragster made in Sweden capable of reaching 272 mph in six seconds en route to a theoretical top speed of 370. The crash took place at over 280 mph.

Hammond is being treated at Leeds General Infirmary. According to one of the firefighters on the scene, Hammond was speaking (and therefore presumably conscious) as he was being rescued from the overturned vehicle.

[Source: Sky News via Jalopnik]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh my! A crash at 280 mph?!! Hang in there Hamster...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope to hear some good news soon - best of luck Hampster!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very sad news, wishing you a fully and speady recovery.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow...can't believe it...well hang in there and hope he recovers VERY soon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As an avid viewer of Top Gear in the land of OZ, and i work for the A.B.C here. It really has nocked us for 6.
      get well soon and the media in Australia wish you a speedy recovery. As a colleague and racing enthusiast my thoughts go to both you and your family.
      • 8 Years Ago
      James and Jeremy where at Hammonds bedside talking to him when he was unconsious.
      Jeremy told Richard that he is a sh** driver and Richard opened his eyes and smiled.
      The first thing that Hammond asked was what had happened when he was told he was in a crash he asked if he had been driving stupidly. Then said he needed to go to the toilet.
      Hang in there Hamster!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm so shocked! Hang in there hamster.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Poor Hamster :'( ! Hope all is well and get well soon. I Can't wait for the next series of top gear. all the best
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am a short guy too Hamster!! Hang in there!! Top Gear and the Auto Industry would not be the same without you man!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just want to wish the hamster a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back on Top Gear with Clarkson & Captain Slow. I live in South Africa and never miss a show on Top Gear. It is by far one of the most informing and entertaining shows yet. It wouldn't be the same if hammond wasn't there. Please don't axe the show,
      they might be a bit crazy but there is more to top gear than stunts. The BBC will be responsible for many unhappy viewers if they did axe the show. WE IN S.A. LOVE ALL OF YOU OF TOP GEAR. THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT SHOWS.
      Sherry-Lee Chapman South Africa.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sky news reported that Captain Slow has been scheduled to drive the car but pulled out at the last minute.
      • 8 Years Ago
      get well hamster, here in belgium we are waithing to see you soon on tv
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