A woman was pulled under her own car and dragged along the ground for several yards as she tried to re-fuel the vehicle at a petrol station near Exeter, it has emerged.
Police have released more details today of the extraordinary incident at the BP filling station on Haldon Hill at around 3pm yesterday.
The woman was standing beside a fuel pump at the BT filling station on the Chudleigh exit of the A38 near the city when her silver Ford Fiesta was struck from behind by a red Volkswagen Polo.
She was forced under the motor vehicle before it somersaulted onto its roof due to the force of the impact.
A police spokesman said the woman was dragged for "some distance" before the vehicle came to rest near the filling station kiosk.
She was rushed to hospital with what were initially thought to be "life-changing" injuries.
Her condition was downgraded upon arrival at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Wonford.