Lamppost saves woman from being hit by car

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In an extraordinary twist of fate a woman was saved from an out-of-control car by an eight-inch-wide lamppost.

In footage caught on CCTV, the dramatic near-miss begins when two cars collide at a junction in the Polish city of Kalisz.

A white Mercedes turns into the path of a dark saloon, clipping the car's side and sending it careering towards an innocent pedestrian.

Spotting the car speeding towards her, the woman tries to run out of the way, but trips and falls to the ground.

As she falls, the saloon collides with the lamppost and comes to a bone-juddering halt, inches from the prone woman.

Incredibly, no one was seriously injured in the incident, but the woman is no doubt thanking her lucky stars following that nerve-jangling escape.