Britain's Prince Philip, 97, recovers after Land Rover crash

Britain's Prince Philip, 97, recovers after Land Rover crash

Darren Sullivan
January 19, 2019

The Duke of Edinburgh was pulling out of a driveway in his Range Rover when his vehicle collided with another auto, and though the 97-year-old was reportedly unharmed, onlookers claim they saw his vehicle overturn in the collision.

A nine-month-old baby who was in the back seat of the other auto, a Kia hatchback, was also uninjured, while one woman in the vehicle broke her wrist and the other cut her knee, local police said.

A palace spokeswoman later confirmed Philip was at the wheel and was checked by a doctor afterwards.

The Duke of Edinburgh has privately made contact with the two women injured in Thursday's auto crash at Sandringham.

Prince Philip was pulling out of a driveway near the queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk when it struck another vehicle.

Police officers are seen at the scene where Britain's Prince Philip was involved in a traffic accident.

"I saw the vehicle flip", he said, adding that he rushed to help free the driver before he "suddenly realized it was Prince Philip".

The Duke of Edinburgh visited hospital in King's Lynn after the 97-year-old's Land Rover was struck and flipped over by a Kia.

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The Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents - of which Prince Philip was a former president - said that age was "a completely arbitrary and unreliable measure for assessing someone's ability to drive".

Buckingham Palace officials said Friday that Philip has a valid driver's license and has complied with all Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency requirements.

Police conducted breath tests on the drivers after the accident shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday. They were taken to hospital but later released.

Although other members of the royal family have returned to London to resume work duties, the Queen and Prince Philip usually have a longer winter break.

There is no upper age limit for driving in Britain, although drivers 70 and over are required to renew their licenses every three years and notify authorities if they have suffered from ailments like strokes, epilepsy or glaucoma.

It quoted a witness as saying the Duke was very shaken.

The Prince was reportedly turning onto a main road when he was "T-boned", with his Land Rover flipping onto the driver's side.

Philip may have plans to continue driving as the Queen's transport manager, Alex Garty, was seen at Sandringham as a new Freelander was delivered to the royal residence.