What happened to James May? Grand Tour star rushed to hospital after crashing into wall at 120mph
On Friday August 12, the famous TV presenter and journalist James May had an accident and was hospitalized. He had reportedly fractured a rib after the accident and suffered pain in his neck and back.
The crash happened while May was filming for Amazon Prime Video show The Grand Tour at the disused Olavsvern naval base near Tromso.
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James May is in hospital after a tunnel accident in Norway.
Why was James May hospitalized?
While filming a drag-style race with Jeremy Clarkson for The Grand Tour, May’s car crashed into a wall and he fractured a rib. The challenge required May and Clarkson to drive their rally cars through a tunnel to a rock face at a Norwegian naval base.
However, the tunnel lights only came on when cars were speeding, giving drivers less than five seconds to react if they didn’t have enough space. May seems to have noticed this too late and hit the brakes before crashing into the wall.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and helped May get to the hospital, and filming of the show continued without him.
Speaking to The Sun, a source said
“In the beginning it looked very worrying. Jeremy and Richard were worried about their buddy and the paramedics rushed over. As always with a shoot of this magnitude, medical staff are waiting in the wings in case something goes horribly wrong, as it did here.”
The source also mentioned that James hit his head hard and is currently suffering from back and neck pain.
May and Clarkson are the creators of The Grand Tour alongside Richard Hammond, James May and Andy Wilman. The show was first released on November 18, 2016 and has received decent feedback from critics and audiences.
James May was initially sub-editor of The Engineer and Autocar magazines. He later wrote for various publications such as Car Magazine, Top Gear Magazine and The Daily Telegraph. May also wrote a book, May on Motors, and co-authored Oz and James’s Big Wine Adventure.
He is known for his frequent television appearances, presenting shows such as Driven on Channel 4 and narrating the BBC One show Road Rage School.
May presented a Sky documentary, Inside Killer Sharks. He also traveled the world in the BBC mini-series James May’s Big Ideas in 2008, looking for adaptations of what are mostly considered science fiction concepts. He then narrated another documentary, To Space & Back, in 2013.
James is the creator of the Head Squeeze channel and started his YouTube channel JM’s Unemployment Tube in 2015. The channel features cooking videos from his kitchen alongside replica Airfix models. The latest video was posted on the channel back in February 2021.
He founded DriveTribe, a social media brand for car enthusiasts, in 2016. He also created a spin-off brand called Foodtribe, where he made videos featuring a small kitchen setup.