A driver escaped with cuts and bruises after a high-speed smash which left his car crushed and on its roof.

Police say the white Audi was believed to be driving down the middle of the road overtaking other vehicles when it clipped another car and spun out of control.

The smash, involving at least five cars including a BMW and a Peugeot 206, happened at just before 8am in Owl Lane on the Dewsbury-Ossett border.

The collision happened outside the Royal Oak pub, near to Dewsbury Rams RLFC’s Tetley’s Stadium.

Police, firefighters and ambulance crews were called to the scene, which left cars and debris strewn over at least 100 metres.

Vehicles damaged in collision in Owl Lane between Dewsbury and Ossett
Vehicles damaged in collision in Owl Lane between Dewsbury and Ossett
 

Two fire engines from Dewsbury and a third from Ossett attended but all the drivers and passengers had escaped the vehicles.

Firefighter Andy Roberts, of Dewsbury Fire Station, said he was amazed no one was seriously hurt.

“We were told the Audi could have been travelling at 70mph or 80mph and was overtaking other vehicles when it clipped another car,” he said.

“The wheels were ripped off. The front off-side wheel was completely sheared off, and even the tyre had come off.

“There was a Peugeot 206 which had lost both its doors and they were nowhere to be seen. They must have been launched into a field.”

Vehicles damaged in collision in Owl Lane between Dewsbury and Ossett
Vehicles damaged in collision in Owl Lane between Dewsbury and Ossett
 

Mr Roberts said an adult and two children were treated for shock but said the Audi driver escaped with “a few cuts to his head.”

He added: “No one was trapped at all and everyone has been very lucky. We have been to incidents with less damage where people have died.”

The road was closed for a time.