Prince Philip WAS dazzled by the sun: New photographs show difficult driving conditions at junction where Duke of Edinburgh had his crash
- Accident took place at around 2.45pm on Tuesday near Sandringham Estate
- Witness Roy Warne, 75, claimed the Prince had said he was ‘dazzled by the sun’
- But Emma Fairweather, 46, who was in the other car, said ‘it was overcast’
- Department for Transport data shows sun has caused crashes on Britain’s roads
New photographs have emerged showing the difficult driving conditions where Prince Philip had his crash – just days after he claimed he was ‘dazzled by the sun’.
The startling images show the afternoon sun bursting through trees next to the A149 in Norfolk, where on Thursday the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a crash with a car containing two women and a baby.
The accident happened as Philip pulled out of a side road on to the 60mph limit road. His Land Rover collided with a Kia car, sending his vehicle tumbling across the road where it ended up on its side.
The afternoon sun can be seen bursting through trees next to the A149 in Norfolk at around 3pm today. On Thursday the Prince was involved in a crash at a similar time and was heard saying he had been ‘dazzled by the sun’
Eyewitness Roy Warne said the sun was ‘very, very low’ at the time of the crash – also claiming it was ‘very strong’. Pictured is the afternoon sun shining on the road today
The accident happened as Philip pulled out of a side road on to the 60mph limit A149. His Land Rover collided with a Kia car, sending his vehicle tumbling across the road where it ended up on its side
Mr Warne (pictured) also said: ‘I was wearing sunglasses and where he was coming from he would have been looking straight into the sun. I can understand how it happened’
Soon after, witness Roy Warne, 75, claimed the Prince had told his wife that he had been ‘dazzled by the sun’ in the moments leading up to the crash.
And said himself: ‘The sun was very, very low. It was almost at horizon level and it was very strong.
‘I was wearing sunglasses and where he was coming from he would have been looking straight into the sun. I can understand how it happened.’
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Today pictures emerged showing the sun glaring on to the same road where the crash took place – indicating that conditions could have been as the Prince described.
But Emma Fairweather, 46, who was a passenger in the Kia involved in the collision, claims the weather was not as the Prince reportedly described.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, she said: ‘Prince Philip apparently said to a witness that it was the sun that dazzled him but I can’t see how that could be true when it was overcast.’
Emma Fairweather (pictured), 45, was a passenger in the Kia involved in the collision between a Kia and Prince Philip on Thursday
The female driver of the Kia, 28, can be seen sitting in a police car cradling her nine-month-old (circled) baby in the aftermath of the crash
Ms Fairweather from Kings Lynn in Norfolk said that she is ‘lucky to be alive’ and initially had no idea it was the Prince in the other car when the cars crashed.
She was left with a broken wrist following the crash, which took place as she was travelling with a 28-year-old woman and baby.
Describing the incident, she said: ‘I had no idea at the time that it was Prince Philip – I was just thinking of the baby. I don’t think I realised that my side of the car had taken most of the impact.’
Ms Fairweather said Prince Philip received most of the attention from drivers who stopped at the scene since his car was on its side and she feared she would be left until passerby Victoria Warne, 72, got her out and explained who the other driver was.
She said: ‘The lady came over and said ‘you do know who that is don’t you’ I thought it was just an elderly gentleman but she said ‘It’s Prince Philip’.’
This graphic shows how the crash is likely to have unfolded, after Philip was reportedly ‘dazzled by the sun’ while pulling out of the B1439 on to the A149 near the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk
Witnesses said Prince Philip was whisked away ten minutes later.
The Palace said contact has been made privately and ‘well wishes’ have been exchanged but the crash passenger said this was not true.
However, Ms Fairweather has not heard from the Queen or her husband, she said.
She added: ‘I know the Queen is a busy lady but I was really excited at the idea that she might phone me.
‘Instead I got a call from a police family liaison officer.’
While Local driver Natalie Courtney Ely wrote on a Facebook page: “I drove past about 10 minutes after it happened, if that.
‘I’m surprised he wasn’t hurt. On that stretch of road the sun-light was causing major visibility issues for me so I’m sure it was for other drivers too – maybe they should consider that due to this the poor visibility was more of a cause for the collision rather than speed.’
The sun’s glare has been known to cause crashes in the past, with the low-lying sun causing a particular problem for drivers at certain times of year.
Twenty-five people were killed in crashes on Britain’s roads in 2017 when a driver dazzled by the sun was a contributory factor, according to Department for Transport data.
A further 3,146 were injured, including 484 who were seriously injured.
Prince Philip was spotted behind the wheel of his brand new Land Rover on Saturday just two days after flipping his car in a horror crash
The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, could be seen driving the car on his own without a seatbelt into the main entrance gate to the Sandringham estate on Saturday afternoon
The AA and the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians say having the right pair of sunglasses can help prevent the potentially-fatal hazard.
A pair of everyday sunglasses might not be suitable for driving, so a pair of driving sunglasses should always be kept in a vehicle.
The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly said ‘I’m such a fool’ after being pulled from his wrecked Freelander on Thursday after it flipped on its side following a collision with a Kia close to Sandringham.
But after passing an eye test he was back behind the wheel of a new Land Rover, just 48 hours after the dramatic crash.
Images published on Saturday show the Duke wearing dark glasses with no seatbelt in a new Freelander delivered to him on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
Police gave the Duke of Edinburgh an official warning after the photos emerged.
A Norfolk Constabulary spokeswoman said the force was aware of the photographs and that ‘suitable words of advice have been given to the driver’.
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