TV presenter Hammond hurt in crash
21 September 2006

BBC Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is seriously ill in hospital after he crashed a drag car during filming for the television show.Hammond, 36, crashed the jet-powered dragster at Elvington Airfield near York. He was flown to Leeds General Infirmary in a critical condition, although BBC News reported this morning that his condition had improved to 'stable'. His family are at his bedside, and fellow Top Gear presenter James May has also visited the hospital to lend his support.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are still unclear, but it's thought that Top Gear was attempting to set a new British Land Speed Record. Elvington's runway is 1.92 miles long, making it a popular choice for high-speed runs and track days. The dragster is said to have turned over and dug into a grass bank after veering off the runway.

Autocar's thoughts are with Hammond's family at this difficult time, and we wish Richard a full and speedy recovery.

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