The car Prince Philip collided with had two women and a 10-month-old baby in it as it emerges the Duke of Edinburgh was bleeding at the scene
Prince Philip was involved in a car crash on Thursday near Sandringham but sustained no life-threatening injuries.
The 97-year-old Duke was driving his Land Rover on a country road near Sandringham, Norfolk when he says he was ‘dazzled by the sun’ and he collided with a Kia carrying two women and a 10-month-old baby. His Land Rover rolled over and he had to be pulled out through the sunroof.
Roy Warne, 75, was a witness to the crash and first on the scene. He narrated what happened immediately after the crash.
He described seeing the Land Rover roll across the A149 “like a somersault”, adding “it was turning on its side over and over.” Roy, who was travelling with his wife Victoria at the time, stopped his car and rushed to help, eventually pulling the Duke from his seat after smashing through the windscreen and sunroof.
He also claimed he had the Duke’s blood on his hands while he helped him out.
I looked down and had the Prince’s blood on my hands. All I could think is, thank goodness there wasn’t more.
Asked what the Duke first said when he was freed, he replied: “I can’t remember, but it was nothing rude. He was obviously shaken, and then he went and asked if everyone else was all right.”
Barrister Roy said the Duke’s first words to him while he lay trapped were: “My legs, where should I put my legs?”.
Roy said he placed his hands under Prince Philip’s armpits and gently pulled him from the smashed car. He said that when The Duke of Edinburgh stood up, his first thoughts were for others involved in the crash.
The roof was where the window should have been, because it was on its side. I think I helped him out through either the sunroof or the front windscreen, but I’m a bit blurred about that.
He was disorientated and humbled. I believe he was very sorry about what had happened.
He was very shaken and then he went and asked if everyone else was alright.
Roy said that when he came upon the scene of the accident, he first attended to the passengers and baby in the blue Kia because he thought it was going to burst into flames when he saw smoke rising from it.
He said he could hear a baby screaming in the back of the car and that his mother was “understandably hysterical”.
Roy told Radio 4 Today:
The person in the car behind me also stopped and a passenger from that car actually took the baby in his arms after we had freed it from the baby harness.
One of them had a broken arm. They were very shaken. One of them was the mother of the child and she was quite upset.
I think there’s no doubt that it was hit (by the duke’s car). That’s my recollection.
I didn’t see it come from the side road, I saw it careering and tumbling across the road and ending up on the other side. It would take a massive force and it had rolled on the other side as well.
Two women required hospital treatment after the crash, with one suspected of suffering a broken arm.