Driver narrowly avoids being impaled by a fence post after swerving to avoid a pheasant in the Yorkshire Dales

A driver escaped with minor injuries after swerving to avoid a pheasant on a rural Yorkshire road.

Public Safety Officer Craig Lyons shared images of the hatchback with serious damage after the encounter in Bentham, on the edge of the Dales, today.

The driver ended up in a ditch after being startled by the game bird and a fence pole penetrated the windscreen.

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PSO Lyons said: "This afternoon i assisted services at a single vehicle RTC in Bentham, amazingly the driver escaped with minor injuries. Our roads throw up many surprises and today a pheasant caught this driver out! Please drive carefully along countryside roads."

A metal fence pole penetrated the windscreen on the driver's side
The unfortunate driver swerved to avoid a pheasant