All that's left of the family saloon are the seats and the airbags after the car drove straight into the truck trying to overtake another vehicle in Collion, Switzerland.
The roof was ripped right off as the car slid under the truck for more than 50 yards before stopping, sending the doors and the boot lid flying too.
And the impact pushed the car's engine sideways as it turned around on its mountings missing the French couple by inches.
"They must have had a guardian angel. A head-on crash with a lorry is not something many people walk away from.
"In fact the lorry driver came off worse. He's still in hospital with shock," said a Swiss police spokesman.