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Grand Tour star James May ‘rushed to hospital’ after crashing into wall at 75mph

Grand Tour star James May ‘was rushed to hospital after crashing into wall at 75mph during filming for the Amazon Prime show’

  • The presenter, 59, crashed into a wall at 75mph while shooting a stunt scene for his Amazon Prime show
  • James braked too slowly while racing rally cars with his co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond and ‘broke at least one rib’ during the incident
  • James was assisted out of his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 by paramedics and was quickly taken to hospital for a brain scan and X-rays

James May was reportedly involved in a high speed car crash during filming for a special episode for his Amazon Prime show Grand Tour.

The presenter, 59, was rushed to hospital after crashing into a wall at 75mph while shooting a stunt scene with Jeremy Clarkson, 62, and Richard Hammond, 52.

He took it in turns to speed rally cars with his fellow presenters but braked too slowly and ‘broke at least one rib’ during the horror incident. 

Incident: James May was reportedly involved in a high speed car crash during filming for a special episode for his Amazon Prime show Grand Tour

After the star was given the all-clear a day later, a source told The Sun: ‘It looked extremely worrying at first.

‘Jeremy and Richard were concerned about their mate and the paramedics swooped in quickly.

Medical staff were on standby due to the shows dangerous nature and were needed after the incident.  

High speed: James was assisted out of his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 by paramedics and was quickly taken to hospital for a brain scan and X-rays

High speed: James was assisted out of his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 by paramedics and was quickly taken to hospital for a brain scan and X-rays

Crash: The presenter, 59, was rushed to hospital after crashing into a wall at 75mph while shooting a stunt scene with co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson, 62, and Richard Hammond, 52

Crash: The presenter, 59, was rushed to hospital after crashing into a wall at 75mph while shooting a stunt scene with co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson, 62, and Richard Hammond, 52

The insider continued: ‘James smashed his head quite hard in the impact, and was bloodied by it. He was complaining about pain in his back and neck. He broke at least one rib and was quite shaken by it.

MailOnline have contacted James’ representatives for comment. 

They drove the cars along a tunnel towards a rock wall at a Norwegian naval base and the tunnel’s lights only came on as the cars sped along, giving all three just seconds to react as they ran out of space.

Accident: He took it in turns to speed rally cars with his fellow presenters but braked too slowly and 'broke at least one rib' during the horror incident

 Accident: He took it in turns to speed rally cars with his fellow presenters but braked too slowly and ‘broke at least one rib’ during the horror incident

Gran Tour: The show, which first premiered in 2016, has featured four seasons as well numerous specials before production on a fifth season was delayed in 2021 due to COVID

Gran Tour: The show, which first premiered in 2016, has featured four seasons as well numerous specials before production on a fifth season was delayed in 2021 due to COVID

James was assisted out of his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 by paramedics and was quickly taken to hospital for a brain scan and X-rays.

The show, which first premiered in 2016, has featured four seasons as well numerous specials before production on a fifth season was delayed in 2021 due to COVID.

Richard himself was in a horror crash while filming Top Gear in 2006.

He cheated death when he crashed a jet-powered dragster called Vampire at nearly 320mph while filming at the former RAF Elvington airbase near York.

Scary: Richard cheated death when he crashed a jet-powered dragster called Vampire at nearly 320mph while filming at the former RAF Elvington airbase near York

Scary: Richard cheated death when he crashed a jet-powered dragster called Vampire at nearly 320mph while filming at the former RAF Elvington airbase near York

The stunt was part of an attempt to break the British land speed record for the BBC show.

At the time, Richard told the Daily Mirror: ‘I was in a bad way when they came to get me. The air ambulance guys were amazed I was still breathing.

‘At first they said I’d be in hospital for 15 months. Yet here I am ready to go back home after five weeks. I’m so bloody lucky I can’t believe it.

Filming: Medical staff were on standby due to the shows dangerous nature and were needed after the incident

Filming: Medical staff were on standby due to the shows dangerous nature and were needed after the incident

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