Cambodia's Prince NorodomRanariddh was seriously injured, and his wife killed, in a car crash Sunday in the southwestern coastal city of Sihanoukville, police said.
Ranariddh's sports utility vehicle was hit head on by a taxi driving in the opposite direction, said ChuonNarin,police chief of the province of Preah Sihanouk.
The prince was taken in a helicopter for an emergency rescue in Phnom Penh, ChuonNarin told Reuters. He is seriously injured but he will be fine.
Ranariddh's wife, OukPhalla, 39, an exponent of traditional dance, died in a hospital in Preah Sihanouk, ChuonNarin said, adding that both SUVs involved in the crash had been speeding.
The son of the influential late monarch Norodom Sihanouk and half-brother of the current King NorodomSihamoni, Ranariddh, 73, has had a turbulent political career.
He returned to politics in 2015 to lead the royalist Funcinpec party that ditched him years ago.
In 1997, he was overthrown as co-prime minister in a bloody coup and since his return to politics, had vowed to work with former rival and long-serving prime minister Hun Sen.
Cambodia's Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) last year, leaving the way clear for Hun Sen to extend more than three decades of rule in an election on July 29.
Ranariddh'sFuncinpec was allocated most of the CNRP's parliamentary seats after its dissolution, and its leader, KemSokha, was arrested over accusations of plotting to take power with the help of the United States.
Source: Voice of America