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In pictures: Richard Hammond's crash

Richard Hammond crashing

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was driving a jet-powered dragster while filming for Top Gear at Elvington airfield in York last September when it went disastrously wrong.

Richard Hammond crashing

The 36-year-old was driving at 288mph when a tyre burst. The dragster then skidded and flipped over. Hammond had to be cut free from the wreckage.

Crash site

The father-of-two was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary, where he was treated for a brain injury. Meanwhile, experts were called in to survey the crash scene.

Richard Hammond

Doctors had originally feared for Hammond's life, but just a week after the accident he was already showing remarkable signs of recovery. He was soon moved to a Bristol hospital to be nearer home.

Richard Hammond with his wife, Mindy

Hammond's wife, Mindy, kept a bedside vigil for her husband in hospital. She said she had been inundated with messages of support from around the world.

Richard Hammond and Jonathan Ross

Hammond made his first television appearance with Jonathan Ross on his Friday night show, where he admitted he could not remember the accident.

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