A spectator at the Rallye de France nearly died after almost being hit by a falling electrical pole when a car had struck it in a spectacular crash.
Norwegian rally driver Petter Solberg was speeding through the French wine country when his Ford Fiesta lost control and sped through the fields until it finally stopped when it hit an electrical pole.
“I knew the road was going up on the right again but there were leaves on the windscreen and I couldn't see… It was a big hit and we broke a steering arm,” Solberg said.
A spectator was seen walking underneath a tree as the pole was ripping through the tree's limbs. Sparks of electricity and a small explosion was seen after the pole came crashing down.
Solberg was running in fourth at the time of the crash and was forced to retire from the race after the car received a broken steering arm.
In the video below, it shows the in-car camera of Solberg's car as he speeds through the field and finally hits the pole. (Video contains adult language)