Prince Philip had an "astonishing escape" says vehicle crash witness

Police have launched an investigation following a shocking auto crash yesterday involving one of the most senior members of the British royal family, Prince Philip, who is said to be resting up at home following the ordeal.

The BBC reported that Prince Philip's vehicle turned on its side after pulling out of a Sandringham driveway onto a main road and colliding with the Kia. Bystanders who helped the Duke out of his auto said he was conscious when they found him, but appeared to be "very, very shocked".

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

"There will be some surprise that the duke still drives himself on public roads", BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond wrote in a commentary.

Warne described in detail the dramatic moment that he saw Prince Philip's vehicle doing mid-air flips: "it came across the A149 like a somersault".

97-year-old Prince Philip was not injured, Buckingham Palace said.

By coincidence, Norfolk County Council is scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss plans to reduce the speed limit on the road from 60mph to 50mph and install safety cameras.

Norfolk Police said, in accordance with policy in collisions, it breathalyzed both drivers.

In his first interview since he announced his retirement, Prince Philip told how he took up the sport of carriage driving when he gave up polo aged 50.

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

Two people in the second vehicle were treated for minor injuries. "It was a horrendous accident and it's just awesome that people weren't seriously injured".

"I told him to move one of his legs to make room for the other leg, and then I put my hands under his arms and helped ease him out backwards", he said.

An eye-witness contacted the Lynn News soon afterwards to say there were five police cars close to the West Newton turning, with officers combing the undergrowth.

Both he and the female driver of the Kia were reportedly breath tested, with no alcohol detected in either of their systems.

The Duke, who had successful hip replacement surgery a year ago, retired from public life in 2017.

The 92-year-old monarch drove on a public road in Sandringham yesterday little more than a mile from the scene of her husband's accident.

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

  • Kyle Peterson