Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Family's Vigil for Hammond

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Family's Vigil for Hammond

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Byline: By David Higgens

Family and friends of Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond were at his bedside today as doctors said his condition showed improvement after his high-speed car crash.

Leeds General Infirmary said Hammond was in a serious but stable condition after the crash, which happened while he was filming an apparent attempt to break the British land speed record.

Hammond, 36, was flown to Leeds General Infirmary after the "rocket-powered dragster" he was in crashed at Elvington airfield near York yesterday.

A man, believed to be the presenter's brother, said outside the hospital the family had had a "difficult night".

He said his brother had regained consciousness at some point.

Overnight, a police spokesman said he understood the presenter had had a scan and the next 24 hours would be crucial.

A former firefighter who was one of the first on the scene following the crash said Hammond had been travelling at speeds close to 300mph before the accident. …

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