A YOUTH is in an intensive care unit today after a dramatic crash at Castle Hill.
A Ford Escort car stolen from Greenwood Street in Primrose Hill yesterday teatime was found crushed and badly damaged on Lumb Lane at 7.30pm last night.
The car had plummeted from the steep lane leading up to Castle Hill and overturned as it crashed on to the road below, crushing its roof and ending up on its side.
Firefighters said they feared the worst when they arrived at the scene.
Station officer Paul Mace, of Huddersfield fire station, said: "The driver was half in and half out of the car, but his neck was trapped underneath the vehicle's door roof pillar."
His passenger had suffered serious head injuries, but was still in the car.
Firefighters first stabilised the vehicle using an airbags.
During an intricate operation they took the roof off with hydraulic cutters so both men could be freed.
"It was a tricky rescue," said Station Officer Mace. "But the driver was incredibly lucky not to have been more seriously hurt.
"The car had dropped at least 15ft down the steep banking - probably more - and demolished a wall."
The passenger is in the intensive care unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary this morning.
Police say his injuries are not life-threatening.
The driver, a 17-year-old youth from Dewsbury, suffered neck and back injuries.
He was discharged from hospital and arrested by police.
He was being questioned at Huddersfield police station today.