A DRIVER amazingly managed to scramble free from the mangled wreckage of this car after a spectacular crash on a rural road.
The silver VW Golf was in a head-on crash with a Land Rover Discovery on Wakefield Road near its junction with Kiln Lane in Clayton West at 6.40am yesterday.
The two vehicles clipped at the front but the impact flipped the Golf over.
It then rolled over several times down the road before crashing through a wall and careering into a field.
The driver was in the back of an ambulance when police arrived.
Pc Phil Shaw, from Huddersfield traffic police, said: It looked exceptionally serious when I arrived and I feared the worst.
At first it was thought the driver had a broken wrist but after hospital treatment it was confirmed that he a badly bruised right hand and multiple grazes.
It appears his life was saved by his seatbelt.
The 23-year-old, who lives in Batley, is now recovering at home.
The Land Rover driver, a 25-year-old woman from Cumberworth, was shocked but otherwise unhurt.
Police have appealed for anyone who saw what happened to contact them.
Pc Shaw said: When the Golf went over the belt will have tightened and held the driver in place.
It just shows how important wearing a seatbelt can be and it also shows the strength of this make and model of car.
There was debris strewn everywhere and it had also taken out quite a stretch of wall before ending up in the field.
It is believed the Land Rover had overtaken a Jaguar car shortly before the initial impact.
Witnesses should contact Pc Shaw at Huddersfield traffic police on 01484 436847.