Published: Sat, January 19, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Prince Philip gets medical all-clear after vehicle crash

Prince Philip gets medical all-clear after vehicle crash

Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has emerged unhurt after a traffic accident Thursday (Jan. 17) in which the 97-year-old's Land Rover flipped onto its side.

The spokeswoman said: "On doctor's advice, the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn this morning for a precautionary check-up".

A retired barrister who pulled Prince Philip to safety from the wreckage of his overturned 4×4 has recalled the moment he looked down to see the 97-year-old's blood on his hands.

He said one of the two women in the Kia "was the mother of the child and she was quite upset".

"I saw a vehicle, a black Rover, come out from a side road and it rolled and ended up on the other side of the road", Warne told the outlet.

The crash, between Prince Philip's Landrover and a Kia, has brought the national spotlight to West Norfolk over the past couple of days.

Warne told the Sun newspaper, he heard the duke say he had been "dazzled by the sun".

The Queen has been in the auto in the past while her husband was involved in accidents, including in June 1964, when 32-year-old machinist Henry Cooper was driving to the Rising Sun public house at Holyport, near Madienhead, in his '89 Ford Popular.

Norfolk Police said the force would investigate the crash, meaning the duke is likely to be interviewed by officers.

A 45-year-old woman in the other vehicle broke her wrist, but the other passengers - a woman and nine-month-old baby- were uninjured.

Both drivers were given breath tests "per department policy", which they both passed.

He drove Barack and Michelle Obama to lunch at Windsor Castle during their state visit to Britain in 2016, prompting the former USA president to remark: "I have to say I have never been driven by a Duke of Edinburgh before, but I can report it was very smooth riding". A doctor reportedly examined Prince Philip, who returned to Sandringham Estate, near where the accident happened. "Local police attended the scene", a statement from Buckingham Palace said.

"I rushed to the other vehicle - there was smoke coming out as if it may explode".

"I asked him to move his left leg and that freed his right leg and then I helped him get out", he said.

Eyewitness Roy Warne helped the stricken duke out of his auto and said the royal, who was left very shocked by the accident, asked if everybody was all right.

In 2016, alongside the Queen he drove former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle around Windsor Castle in a Range Rover after they landed nearby in the presidential helicopter.

Currently, British drivers have to reapply for their licence at the age of 70, and every three years thereafter, by self-certifying their sight is good enough to read a numberplate at 20 metres, and that they have no medical condition that prevents them from driving.

The Duke enjoys driving cars and horse drawn carriages.

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