'Top Gear' star Chris Harris needs op after hurting himself in crash while shooting

Chris Harris has hurt his hand. (Philip Toscano/PA Images via Getty Images)
Chris Harris has hurt his hand. (Philip Toscano/PA Images via Getty Images)

Top Gear star Chris Harris apparently needs an operation on his hand after an accident while shooting the much-loved motoring show.

The TV star was racing against co-host Paddy McGuinness in a wooden cart when it overturned and he fell and hurt himself.

The mishap was in June and according to McGuinness, Harris is still a bit "banged up" a few months on.

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The Mirror quoted him as saying: "His hand is still not right. When he holds up his hand, I’m not sure if it’s his finger or thumb, but one of them points the other way."

Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff in new <i>Top Gear</i>. (BBC)
Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff in Top Gear. (BBC)

"He will have to have an operation," added the star.

Harris and McGuinness had been taking part in a traditional race in Thailand when the accident took place.

The event, which is known as Formula Hmong, sees people racing down hills in wooden contraptions with no engines.

Although Harris hurt himself, McGuinness said he got off "lightly" considering.

It wasn't the first time that a Top Gear star got injured making the show.

Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness in <i>Top Gear</i>. (BBC)
Chris Harris had a fall during a go-cart race. (BBC)

The most serious incident was in 2006, when former host Richard Hammond was left fighting for his life in a coma after crashing a Vampire dragster.

The star crashed while he was filming for the show and suffered a head injury. There were reports that he also had post-traumatic amnesia after the accident.

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Hammond, who now stars on The Grand Tour, has since said that he can't remember getting out of the car after the accident, which apparently happened when he was driving at close to 300 mph.

Top Gear is back on Sunday 30 October at 8pm on BBC One.

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