Samajwadi Party leader Devendra Singh Yadav's car was hit by a truck before being dragged for more than 500 metres in Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri.
The incident took place late on Sunday night.
A video of the freak accident shows Mr Yadav's vehicle being dragged for some distance before coming to a stop. As soon as the vehicle stopped, many people present on the road rushed to the spot to try and rescue the Samajwadi Party leader.
The incident took place near Bhadawar House in Mainpuri Sadar Kotwali area on Sunday night when Mr Yadav was on his way to his residence via Karhal Road. He was alone in the car during the incident.
Mr Yadav is the Samajwadi Party district president of Mainpuri.
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According to the police, the truck driver was from Itawa.
"Samajwadi Party leader's car was hit by the truck after which it was dragged for more than 500 meters. The truck driver from Itawa has been arrested. The investigation is underway," said Kamlesh Dikshit, SP Mainpuri. as quoted by news agency ANI.
Following the accident, Mr Yadav lodged a complaint at Mainpuri Sadar Kotwali police station. The police registered a case and arrested the truck driver.