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Last Updated: Saturday September 23 2006 15:48 GMT

Injured star 'takes first steps'

Richard Hammond

Presenter Richard Hammond has taken his first steps since his high-speed car crash, according to his Top Gear co-star Jeremy Clarkson.

The 36-year-old also asked his friend what happened and whether he had been driving badly just before the accident.

Richard crashed his jet-engine car on Wednesday while filming for the show. He injured his head but doctors say he is now recovering well.

Earlier his wife Mindy thanked fans for their support.

Richard Hammond
Richard is a very popular presenter
She said Richard had received hundreds of 'get well' cards, emails and flowers from around the world.

Mindy told a newspaper: "He's spoken and smiled... he's starting to look like Richard again."

She also told reporters that Richard has now been moved to a normal hospital ward.

The presenter - nicknamed Hamster - was injured when his car flipped over at 300mph.

Police and safety experts are still investigating the crash.

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