A mother and daughter in Britain had an incredible escape after their car was crushed under a giant lorry carrying 3,000 chickens.

The daughter was driving the vehicle. Just as she noticed the lorry was about to topple over, the alert girl acted quickly, covering her mother to protect her. The duo's Peugeot 107 was nearly flattened, the Daily Express reported.

The couple remained trapped in a tiny space and waited to be rescued after crash on the busy A64 road in York city of Yorkshire, where the accident occurred earlier this week.

They survived with just cuts and bruises.

Traffic sergeant Andy Quigley said: "They are very lucky indeed."