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James May hospitalised after crashing into wall at 75mph filming new show

Tom Fenton

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James May hospitalised after crashing into wall at 75mph filming new show

The Grand Tour star James May has been 'hospitalised' after crashing into a wall at 75mph for a stunt on the hit Amazon Prime Series.

The 59-year-old was reportedly driving a rally car at the time alongside his long-standing co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond.

However, as per The Sun, May lost control in his Mitsubishi Lancer Eco 8, and '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," a source told the outlet.


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."

Thankfully, May avoided serious injury, and managed to walk away from the scary incident having 'broke at least one rib', following medical examination.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Eco May crashed at 75mph. Credit: Instagram/Grandtournation
The Mitsubishi Lancer Eco May crashed at 75mph. Credit: Instagram/Grandtournation

The iconic trio, who first started working together on BBC show Top Gear in 2003, were driving through a Norwegian navel base at the time, as part of a new Grand Tour episode.

According to reports, they drove cars along a tunnel towards the base, with the tunnel's lights coming on as the cars sped along - giving them just seconds to react as they ran out of space.

May took to Twitter on Saturday morning to reassure fans after details of his crash began to emerge in the media.

In response to a tweet from a concerned fan, the TV presenter replied: "The gaijin made a cock-up and destroyed honourable Japanese car. Deep shame, sumimassen."


May's skirmish is just the latest near miss by a former Top Gear presenter, as colleague Richard Hammond has been involved in several potentially life-threatening crashes while filming.

He cheated death back in 2006, when he created a jet-powered dragster at speeds of over 300mph.

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."

Unfazed, the 52-year-old cheated death once again in June 2017, managing to escape from a Rimac car after rolling it during filming for a Grand Tour episode.

On this occasion, Hammond had to be airlifted to hospital, having admitted to thinking 'oh god, I'm going to die' during the incident.

Incredibly, he managed to avoid serious injury, sustaining a fracture in his left knee, but nothing more.

Featured Image Credit: @jamesmaybloke/Instagram/Amazon Prime Video

Topics: James May, Top Gear, The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, Cars, TV and Film

Tom Fenton
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