London: Britain’s Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, miraculously escaped unhurt in a terrifying accident when a Land Rover the 97-year-old duke was driving flipped onto its side after a collision with another car carrying two women and a baby. The Duke of Edinburgh was unharmed but the two women in the Kia hatchback were injured in the accident near the Queen’s Sandringham estate on Thursday. The nine-month-old baby who was in the back seat of car was uninjured. Pictures from the scene showed Tata Motors’ Land Rover laying on its side with debris scattered around it. It has been suggested that the royal was dazzled by sunlight at a T-junction and his vehicle hit the Kia. Witnesses said the duke was “conscious but very, very shocked and shaken” as he was pulled out from the wreckage of his overturned Land Rover, the Sun reported.
The driver of the Kia suffered cuts, while the passenger sustained an arm injury, police said. Both were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. The Press Association reported that there was a passenger in the duke’s vehicle who was likely his close protection officer. A witness said Philip seemed “distraught” and it was a “miracle” he escaped uninjured. “I saw the car flip,” Roy Warne, 75, told daily, adding that he rushed to help free the driver before he “suddenly realised it was Prince Philip”.The duke saw a doctor as a precaution who confirmed he was not hurt. Police breathalysed both the drivers. Police said it was standard policy and both had provided negative readings.