A source said he undid his seatbelt to flee just before it flipped down the hill and erupted in a fireball.
Richard was attending a car race in St Gallen when he suffered the crash.
He was left in a coma for two weeks after crashing a jet-propelled car.
Its right tyre blew as he tried to set a land speed record at RAF Elvington near York.
In the 16th century the game experienced a renaissance.
However, it was seen less as a game of competitive nature and more as a pastime for nobles and gentry.
It is similar to volleyball in that players try to hit a ball over a net.
The current men's fistball World Champion is Germany, winners of both the 2011 World Championships and the fistball category at the 2013 World Games.
Here's how ' The Hamster' has dodged death twice.
Richard Hammond, 47, was born in Solihull, Warwickshire on December 19, 1969, is a British TV presenter.
In 2017 Richard was in Mozambique in southern Africa when he came off a motorbike he was riding.
He was knocked out after falling off his ride and hitting his head, ending up lying unconscious in the road in the remote area of the country.
He was driving a Rimac Concept One at the time, an electronic vehicle which can reach speeds of nearly 200mph.