TV star airlifted to new hospital
Richard Hammond is making good progress in his recovery
Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, who crashed in a jet-powered car on an airfield, has been moved from hospital in Leeds to another in Bristol.
Hammond appeared in good spirits, smiling and laughing, as he was put on the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The TV star was later seen walking into an ambulance on arrival at the Bupa hospital in Clifton, Bristol.
Hammond had been treated for a brain injury at Leeds General Infirmary, after crashing while filming the show.
‘Overwhelmed by well-wishers’
Mr Hammond had been driving a jet-powered dragster similar to the Vampire used by Colin Fallows to set the British land speed record of 300.3 mph.
He had to be cut free after the car “veered off to the right” and its parachutes opened during the drive, during the crash last Wednesday.
The 36-year-old, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, has since received hundreds of cards and flowers from well-wishers.
In the days after the crash, Mr Hammond said he was so overwhelmed with flowers he was worried he could be “in for some ribbing from fellow Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May”.
Mr Hammond with his wife Amanda who kept a bedside vigil
Donations to the air ambulance which flew him to hospital stand at ?148,000.
The appeal to raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance was set up by a group of motoring enthusiasts, and has received the support of Mr Hammond’s family.
Medical staff at the hospital said his recovery was continuing after being transferred from a high dependency unit on Friday.
A BBC spokeswoman confirmed that the final part of the Best Of Top Gear, which was due to be screened on 1 October, had been postponed indefinitely.
Police and the Health and Safety Executive are continuing to investigate the crash.