James May Hospitalized After Stunt Goes Wrong at 75 MPH
Former Top Gear and current The Grand Tour host, James May, 59, made his way to the hospital Friday after a stunt scene went wrong. The presenter was said to have been driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 alongside his co-hosts when May was said to have braked too slowly. The vehicle was said to have been traveling at a rate of 75 mph when it collided with the wall.
Following the incident, the host had to be assisted out of the vehicle by paramedics who then transported him to the hospital where he would undergo tests. Following a brain scan and X-Rays, the presenter was said to have suffered at least one broken rib according to DailyMail.
Fortunately, the medical staff was standing by and it does appear as if the presenter will make a recovery. An insider told Daily Mail “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.”
The incident was said to have come while the three presenters drove rally cars along a tunnel towards a rock wall at a Norwegian navel base. The report says that the tunnel’s lights only gave the drivers a couple of seconds to react as they ran out of speed.
The filming was a part of an episode that is slated to be aired later this year. We would presume that such an incident will be included in the show as the drama will likely cause more viewers to tune in. However, the production team has yet to make any sort of public statement about the incident.
This isn’t the first time that a member of the iconic automotive hosting trio has been involved in such an incident. In 2017, Richard Hammond was hospitalized in a fiery accident and managed to walk away with his health.