Incredible pictures show how a taxi driver miraculously survived a crash which sent a wooden pole ramming through his windscreen, only narrowly avoiding his head.
The taxi driver lost control of his Vauxhall Insignia on the A659 in Tadcaster on Sunday, April 10, before crashing into a fence.
However, the force of the crash sent a large wooden pole careering through the windscreen on the driver's side, shattering the glass and lodging in the screen.
Despite it smashing through the glass at head height, the pole incredibly managed to avoid the driver's head and instead hit his shoulder.
Police arrived on the scene at around 2am to release the driver who had become stuck in the car.
Pictures released on Traffic Sergeant Paul Cording's Twitter account showed just how close the pole had come to hitting the driver's head.
Police said the driver, from the Leeds area, was 'incredibly lucky' as he walked away from the crash with minor shoulder injuries and shock.
It is not believed there were any passengers in the taxi's car when the crash happened.