A woman has spoken of her terror after her car skidded out of control in the snow and was left hanging precariously over a 30ft drop.
The woman, who asked not to be named, had just dropped her partner at work in Oldham and was heading towards Marsden near The Carriage House pub when she hit snow and ice on the road.
She touched her brakes and the car skidded and spun around almost 360 degrees onto the wrong side of the road before plunging front end first towards an embankment drop.
The car, a Citroen Picasso, shuddered to a halt, hanging precariously.
The woman, who was wearing her pyjamas, sheepskin boots and a coat, said: “I thought I was going to die.
“It was like a scene from a movie and it all happened in slow motion. All I could think of was the car was going over the edge. I just undid my seatbelt and jumped.”
The woman scrambled to her feet in the snow as the car remained on the edge.
The woman’s dog, which was in the backseat, began wimpering and – without a thought – she turned back to snatch the terrified pet from the car and ran for safety.
The accident happened at 7.10am while it was still dark. There are no street lights and the woman could only get emergency service reception on her mobile phone.
Hysterical, she dialled 999 and police were despatched. She said the first car got stuck in snow and another vehicle had to be sent. She was waiting by the roadside in freezing temperatures for 25 minutes.
Five other cars went past without stopping before eventually a Tesco lorry braked, skidded to a halt and reversed back to check she was okay.
The woman, who wants her story to be a warning to other drivers, said: “I have a digital speedometer and I had just glanced at my speed and I was doing 32mph.
“A car was coming towards me with its full beam headlights on and I was dazzled but the next thing I knew there was suddenly thick snow and ice on the road and I only pressed the brakes gently but that was enough for the car to skid.
“The steering just went completely loose and for a second I thought I was dreaming. The car was going sideways and I was panicking. All I could think of was to get out and jump. It was like an action movie but it was happening to me.”
The woman was left shocked and bruised. Her car was recovered by police but is thought to be undamaged.
The woman said there was no one to blame for the accident but said that gritting and snow clearance on either side of the Kirklees-Oldham border had been an issue.
“A couple of years ago it was the Oldham side which was hardly gritted but this year it’s the other way round. I just want people to be aware.
“This was avoidable and I’ve been really lucky."
Here are some pictures of the snow this weekend: