by Elyse Dupre | Fri., Jan. 18, 2019 5:04 AM
The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road accident with another vehicle on Thursday while driving on the A149 near Sandringham Estate—the private residence of Queen Elizabeth II in Norfolk, England. The Norfolk Police were called to the scene around 3:00 p.m. "following reports of a collision of two cars." The cars included the 97-year-old royal's Land Rover and a Kia.
The driver of the Kia, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee from the accident while her passenger, a 45-year-old woman, broke her wrist. Both women were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn on Thursday and discharged.
A 9-month-old baby boy was also in the Kia at the time of the accident. He was uninjured.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said His Royal Highness was also not injured; however, he was examined just in case.
"He saw a doctor as a precaution, and the doctor confirmed he was not injured," a Palace spokeswoman said.
In addition, a Palace spokesperson confirmed the duke was behind the wheel at the time of the accident. He also had a passenger with him. While the identity of the passenger has not been confirmed, many suspect he was traveling with his close protection officer. Both drivers were also breath tested and provided negative readings.
Witness Roy Warne told BBC Radio 4's Today program Philip was "obviously shaken" by the accident but managed to stand up and ask how the people in the other vehicle were doing.
"I saw it careering and tumbling across the road and ending up on the other side," Warne told the news outlet about the car. "It would take a massive force [to have done that], and it had rolled on the other side, as well."
Despite the Palace's claim that the duke was uninjured, Warne claimed he had "a bit of blood" on his hands after he went over to help the royal.
He also claimed Philip had told police he had been "dazzled by the sun" at the time of the accident.
Philip has made contact with the driver and passenger of the Kia and expressed his "well wishes."
As is the case with any injury collision, the incident is being investigated.