A MOTORCYCLIST cheated death when he struck a van and speared through the cab window.
The motorcyclist, riding a blue Kawasaki, hit a flat-back Ford Transit as it was turning in the road, according to a fire service spokesman.Related content
The impact hurled the man through the rear side window.
The accident happened on the A643 Lindley Moor Road, Mount, at 10.55am on Saturday.
Watch commander Stephen Bates, of Elland Fire Station, said it was believed the van driver was performing a turn in the road.
“The motorcyclist went straight through the back window and landed in the back of the cab,” said Mr Bates.
“Six inches either side and it would almost certainly have proved fatal. It is miraculous he survived.”
The man suffered multiple injuries and the road was closed for several hours.
The road is between Ainley Top and junction 23 of the M62. Tailbacks were caused on the M62 as a result.
A doctor was called to the scene and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance airlifted the man to Leeds General Infirmary.
Mr Bates said the motorcyclist was conscious at the scene and was sedated. It is thought he suffered head injuries, a suspected broken leg and compound fractures to both arms.
Firefighters from Elland and Huddersfield attended the scene.
Crews had to prise open the cab door with cutting equipment to allow the man to be lifted on to a stretcher.
Police have appealed for witnesses to call them on 101.