PASSERS-BY clung with their bare hands to stop a crashed car – with the driver inside – plunging into a canal.
In a scene reminiscent of The Italian Job, the crash left the Vauxhall Corsa teetering on a wall in Wakefield Road, Copley, Halifax.
Have-a-go-heroes rushed to help driver Paul Collins, holding the upside-down car steady so he could crawl out.
Seconds after he was free, the car crashed down on to banking below.
Paul, 26, was one his way to work from his home off Wakefield Road when the crash happened.
He said: “I couldn’t open my door to get out.
“People were holding the back end of the car down so I could get into the back and out of the passenger door.
“Seconds later it fell over the wall. It must be a 15ft drop on the other side.”
Paul, who suffered only slight injuries in the drama, said: “I want to say thank you to the people who helped me, for keeping me calm and for getting me out.
“It’s lucky that I managed to escape or I wouldn’t be here.”
Police say they would like to find the people who helped by clinging to the car, so they can send them letters of appreciation for their brace actions.
They say the driver, who suffered only slight injuries, had a very lucky escape.
Anyone who knows who helped Paul or witnessed the accident at around 8am yesterday, should call PC Faiz Alam in the Western Area Roads Policing Team via 101.