A man says he is lucky to be alive  after he was nearly impaled when a tree branch smashed through his windscreen in South Africa.

Vusi Thusi, 44, said :“I was about 500m  from Nottingham Road, near Gowrie Village. I was driving at a speed of 60-70km/h because there was a vehicle in front of me. There was a fire that was burning and running through the tree line.

“I didn't see it falling. It happened so fast. I didn't know if someone was shooting at me or what, because it just came right through the windscreen and crushed the centre console behind the handbrake. I pulled off on the side and parked the vehicle.”