Icy road conditions left an ambulance teetering on the edge of a 30ft drop for more than 12 hours.
Snow on a rural bend caused the private ambulance to skid and crash over a low stone wall, leaving the vehicle hovering in mid air.
The crash closed the road in both directions in rural Hebden Bridge, West Yorks., as the paramedics waited for specialist police units to tow away the ambulance.
Remarkably the ambulance had very little damage as it was resting on the cliff top after becoming a victim of the treacherous arctic weather in Yorkshire.
West Yorkshire Police said they were called to the scene at 10.01pm on Sunday.
“Officers attending the scene found the ambulance with its front set of wheels hanging over edge of a 30ft drop,” a spokesman added.
“All parties were already out of the vehicle which was partially obstructing the road.”
They said attempts were made to move vehicle in the early hours but they failed and the road was closed until the following day.
“Having gone through the wall and over the edge towards the steep drop, a daylight operation using specialist equipment was necessary to safely extract the vehicle before the road could be re-opened,” a spokesperson added.
The ambulance was a Skipton-based private medical vehicle attributed to Event Medical Services. It is believed there were two members of staff on board.
The Met Office warned there was a chance of ‘thundersnow’ in the higher areas in Scotland yesterday.
But elsewhere in the UK things are not expected to be so dramatic or chilly.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Tmorrow in Scotland there is a warning for snow and ice with a possibility of 10 to 20cm of snow in the highest areas. There may also be thunder.”
But elsewhere they said: “We’ve got some milder air coming into the UK bringing milder temperatures.
“This does not mean we will get wall-to-wall sunshine but it does mean temperatures are expected to recover into double figures.”