Two people were left seriously injured after a crash at Salterhebble, Halifax, last night.
A Jaguar car travelling down the Calderdale Way towards Halifax left the road and smashed into a street light.
Fire crews were called to cut the casualties from the vehicle around 6.30 pm.
The driver was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with severe trauma to his lower body.
Halifax Fire Station crew commander Geoff Morritt said it was 9 pm before the driver - aged around 60 and believed to be local - was cut free.
Commander Morritt said the rescue was very challenging and made more complicated because the street lamp was still live.
It was balancing over a wall with a steep drop at the other side which added to the difficulties of the rescue.
“It was a struggle. It was a big, solid car wrapped around the street light which made access very, very difficult, and the driver’s side took the impact,” said Commander Morritt.
The female passenger was also still in the car when crews arrived but she was freed quite easily.
The rescue operation took several hours and included appliances from Halifax and the technical rescue unit from Cleckheaton.
Traffic was disrupted through to midnight.
Police say they are unsure why the driver lost control of the vehicle and are appealing for witnesses to contact the West Yorkshire Area Road Traffic Police on 101.