POLICE said a motorist was lucky to have "got out alive" after fence rails smashed through the side window of his car when it left the A1 and crashed at Scotch Corner.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Road Policing Group said: "We regularly go to collisions where we say people were lucky to walk away or even get out alive.

"Never more so than the early hours of this morning (Wednesday) on the A1 Motorway near Scotch Corner when this BMW Z3 left the carriageway before colliding with a fence and coming to rest behind the crash barrier.The Northern Echo:

"The driver was injured but managed to get himself out of the car and to the ambulance. He admitted being a little tired whilst driving prior to the collision."

In a post on social media police said: "This is exactly where the fence rails ended up....... wow, just wow."

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