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Crash left me hard to work with - Richard

Top Gear star Richard Hammond has told how he became difficult to work with after his high-speed car crash.

The presenter (44) sustained life-threatening head injuries and was in a coma for a fortnight following the 2006 accident, which occurred when he was behind the wheel of a jet-powered car for the BBC programme.

Speaking about the crash, he said: "For years I thought of it especially around now, in the autumn.

"It was a lot to deal with. I had a pretty tricky few years. The knock-on effects of the injury meant I was susceptible to depression, obsession, compulsion and paranoia, although I wasn't aware of that at the time.


"For a time I lost the ability to connect emotionally," he told Radio Times magazine. "I don't think I was very easy to work with for a good while. I was difficult on shoots, losing my temper.

"I massively needed to know if the crash was my fault, because I'd risked the girls growing up without their dad. The telemetry showed I'd done everything right and it was an accident. But the girls remember it very clearly."