Kiwi Racquel Sheath was left among the wreckage, when a massive crash took out much of the women's 10km scratch field at the world track cycling championships in Poland.
With less than two laps remaining, the field bunched in the back straight, ready to pounce, but Dane Amalie Dideriksen - last year's bronze medallist - went down in the middle of the pack, bringing down nine others in a spectacular pile-up.
Sheath was among those skidding along the steep velodrome boards, while the race leaders sprinted away to the finish.
Miraculously, the frontrunners avoided the debris around the final bend, with Briton Elinor Barker taking the gold medal from Dutch defending champ Kirsten Wild.
Sheath picked herself up and dusted herself afterwards, seemingly without serious injury.