A WOMAN driver had a lucky escape after a dramatic smash in which her car was shunted across a busy road and skidded 60 metres across a field.

The accident happened at rush hour at the busy Ainley Top junction, forcing the road to be closed.

The woman, driving a Vauxhall Vectra, pulled out of a side road into Brighouse Road, Ainley Top, near the Toby Carvery.

Her car was struck by a Suzuki Swift travelling in the direction of Brighouse.

Firefighters said the Vectra was catapulted across the road and into a field before coming to rest. It skidded about 60 metres but didn’t turn over.

Paramedics were sent to the scene and had to call in firefighters to help get the woman out.

She was carried to safety on a spinal board but was said to be not seriously injured.

The accident happened at 4.20pm and the road had to be closed for about half-an-hour.

Police put diversions in place through Ainley village but long delays built up as a result.

The woman was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

The male driver of the Suzuki was only slightly hurt and did not need hospital treatment.

Andy Marshall, the watch commander at Elland Fire Station which dealt with the crash along with fire crews from Huddersfield, said the woman had been lucky not to be seriously hurt.

“She was not physically trapped but there were concerns that she may have neck or spinal injuries so paramedics needed our help in bringing her out,” he said.

“We assisted in getting her into the ambulance. The driver of the other vehicle appeared to be uninjured.”

Fire crews were on the scene for about 45 minutes and the road was open again by 6.30pm.