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Prince Philip car crash – was he hurt in the accident, what happened and who was driving? – The Sun

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THE Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a shocking car crash on January 17 near the Sandringham estate.

We explain what happened to the 97-year-old and if he was hurt.

 Prince Philip's Land Rover flipped after the crash, with the 97-year-old pulled from the wreckage

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Prince Philip’s Land Rover flipped after the crash, with the 97-year-old pulled from the wreckage

What happened in the accident?

Prince Philip was pulling out of a driveway in his Land Rover when his 4×4 was “T-boned”.

The car flipped on the A419 at Babingley, Norfolk at 3pm.

An eyewitness said he was pulled from the wrecked car, which had flipped over on to the driver’s door and the windscreen was smashed.

Barrister Roy Warne, 75, who was first at the scene, helped to free the “disorientated” royal from his motor, which had overturned.

 The Prince had to be pulled to safety from his wrecked 4x4

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The Prince had to be pulled to safety from his wrecked 4×4

He heard the Duke later admit to cops he had been “dazzled by the sun”.

There was heavy police presence in the area as dramatic pictures showed the royal vehicle on its side.

A royal bodyguard was also in the car with Prince Philip.

The people in the other car – which was a Kia – were two women and a baby.

Both the prince and the driver were breathalysed and provided negative readings.

Officers sealed off the crash scene as an ambulance crew helped the injured and the cars were taken away.

 The Duke seen driving his Land Rover in September
The Duke seen driving his Land Rover in September

Was Prince Philip hurt and who was driving?

Prince Philip was driving his Land Rover at the time of the crash.

Most royal vehicles are heavily armoured by the manufacturers ahead of delivery.

The independent royal was reportedly “shaken” after the crash and yelled “my legs” as he was pulled from the car.

Roy told The Sun: “He stood up and was unharmed but was obviously very shocked.

“He was disorientated and humbled. I believe he was very sorry about what had happened.

“The sun was very low in the sky. Considering his age he got off much better than the people in the other car.”

 Pieces of broken glass and the remnants of a wing mirror at the crash scene

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Pieces of broken glass and the remnants of a wing mirror at the crash scene

Roy, who helped Philip out of his overturned Land Rover, said: “I looked down and had the Prince’s blood on my hands.”

Prince Philip miraculously walked away from the crash and is now being cared for by royal doctors.

He will be monitored by doctors in the coming days as they look for signs of internal injuries.

The Queen was at his side at Sandringham that evening and he is being monitored by royal doctors.

The royal bodyguard escaped uninjured.

The passengers of the other car were treated in hospital but were later discharged.

Norfolk Constabulary confirmed the female Kia driver, 28, suffered cuts to her knees and her passenger, 45, broke her wrist in the crash. The nine-month-old baby was uninjured.

A Buckingham Palace statement read: “The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon. The Duke was not injured.”

 The crash happened near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk
The crash happened near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk

Where did the crash happen?

Prince Philip crashed near the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

It happened on the A419 at Babingley, Norfolk, which is just over a mile away from the Sandringham Estate.

It is believed the Land Rover drove out from a T-junction on Queen Elizabeth Way and collided with the Kia.

The stretch of road where Prince Philip was involved in a car crash is to have its speed limit reviewed after being the scene of five deaths in just six years

What have the police said?

A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “The male driver of the Land Rover was uninjured.

“The female driver of the Kia suffered cuts while the female passenger sustained an arm injury, both requiring hospital treatment.

“We can confirm both casualties from the Kia have been treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and have since been discharged.

“The road remained open and both vehicles were recovered a short time later.

“It is force policy to breath test drivers involved in collisions. We can confirm both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings.”

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