Two pensioners were hurt when they were struck by a van in Huddersfield.
And one of the injured men, dog-walker Tony Atkins, revealed it was pure chance that he and his friend were on the stretch of road involved.
The pair were injured when they were in collision with a van in Fortis Way, Salendine Nook, at the junction with New Hey Road this morning.
Mr Atkins, 70, said: “I always take the dogs out of a morning but I usually head up home from the paper shop along Raw Nook Road.
“I had taken the dogs, Millie and Rustie, on to the YM sports fields as usual and then called at the shop.
“I spotted my friend John (Lockwood), who’s 86, walking up the main road and decided to walk up with him. I do see him fairly regularly but if not I walk round the other way to get home.
“We reached Fortis Way and I have no idea what happened next.
“I don’t know if the van was coming out of the road or turning in; all I remember was waking up with a doctor kneeling over me and John laid out at the side of me."
Both men were helped by local residents before paramedics arrived and both were taken to the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Mr Atkins, of Longwood Edge Road, had stitches in a head wound and stitches in his elbow and also suffered whiplash.
Mr Lockwood, of Birchencliffe, suffered a cut to his arm and bruising to his head. He is recovering at home.
He said: "We were walking up slowly together and the next thing I knew we had been hit by a van and I woke up in hospital.
"I can't move; I'm stiff all over."
Police sealed off Fortis Way for several hours as they investigated the incident, which happened about 8am.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact them on 101.