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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 January 2007, 10:37 GMT
Hammond crash pictures released
Hammond amazed doctors with his fast recovery.

Pictures of the high-speed crash involving Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond have been published for the first time since the accident.

The 36-year-old crashed a jet-powered dragster at 288mph while filming a stunt for the BBC TV show, at Elvington airfield in York last September.

The photos, which feature in Top Gear magazine, show a tyre bursting and the dragster skidding before flipping over.

Hammond was treated for serious brain injury, but made a remarkable recovery.

However, the father-of-two admits he has hardly any recollection of the crash.

"I will have taken a few deep breaths on the start line as the engine roared and my thumb hovered over the afterburner switch," he told Top Gear magazine.

Scene of Richard Hammond's crash at Elvington airfield

"Then I will have hit it and 10,000 horsepower will have hurled me towards the horizon and up to 280mph. The rest is, I'm afraid, history," he added.

In December, Hammond gave his first TV interview on Jonathan Ross's chat show and said he was looking forward to returning to the BBC show.

Video footage of the crash will be broadcast in the first episode of the new series of Top Gear on 28 January, according to the magazine.

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