A bus driver was left impaled on a railing after his double-decker vehicle collided with a number of cars, leaving 12 people with minor injuries.
West Yorkshire Police said the accident happened on Manchester Road, Bradford, just after noon yesterday (Dec 26) when the bus hit a number of parked and stationary cars, leaving seven damaged.
According to firefighters, the driver was left with a metal railing embedded in his leg.
Watch commander Phil Warden told the Telegraph & Argus: “It had come through the front of the bus, entered his right leg at the bottom of his hamstring and came out right at the top of his leg.
“The spike had then gone through the back of his seat and embedded itself in the bus.”
Fire crews spent more than an hour freeing him from the cab before he was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary.
Mr Warden said: “If it had hit the artery he would have suffered massive blood loss and it could have been catastrophic.”
A police spokesman said the driver’s condition was serious but stable.
He added that 12 passengers on the bus were treated for whiplash and shock.
An investigation into the crash is under way.