Amazed firefighters could not believe a driver escaped from a smash which destroyed his car along with a lamp-post, a road sign and part of the wall of a business unit.
Crews were called to Armytage Road in Brighouse close to its junction with George Street at 4.50am today.
They discovered that an Audi car had crashed into a lamp-post, hit a road sign and then ploughed into the wall of Hadley Interiors shopfitters and bespoke joiners.
Workers were at the scene this morning clearing the debris but it’s not yet known the full extent of the damage or the repair cost.
Crew Commander Tony Rostron from Rastrick fire station said: “When we got there we couldn’t believe no-one was inside the car. Everyone was amazed the driver had not been injured and we couldn’t even see any signs of blood. The car was absolutely destroyed – even its engine was hanging out.”
Another fire crew at the scene was from Cleckheaton.
Crew commander Cormac Goode added: “How anyone got out of that car is beyond me.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "This is an ongoing inquiry and we have checked several addresses this morning. So far no arrests have been made."
Meanwhile, a driver had a lucky escape in a crash on the M62 motorway.
His car flipped over and ended up on its roof on the westbound carriageway between junction 26 at Chain Bar and the Hartshead Moor Service Station shortly before 9pm last night.
The motorist is not thought to be badly hurt and was in an ambulance by the time Cleckheaton firefighters arrived.
The car came to rest on the hard shoulder.