Man almost crushed by out-of-control van sliding on snow in China

A man was almost crushed by a van sliding dangerously on an icy road in China.

Video shows the pedestrian walking on the sidewalk amid snowfall when the vehicle careened into him and nearly crushed him against a parked vehicle on November 7.

Luckily, the man managed to escape unscathed while the driver had to pay for repairs.

Large parts of northern China, including the capital Beijing, have this month been hit by freezing temperatures and the first snowfall of the year. It has sparked highway closures and flight and train cancellations.

China’s National Meteorological Agency raised an orange blizzard warning – the second-highest in China’s four-tiered alert system – as snowfall of up to 12 inches is forecasted in the following days.

The Beijing Meteorological Bureau said the winter weather struck around a month earlier than usual. Temperatures on Sunday fell to some of their lowest for the period in the past decade.