The 23-year-old driver ploughed off the road, broke through a barrier and hit a bank at such speed that his black Skoda was propelled into the air before crash-landing on the roof of the local Lutheran church in Limbach-Oberfrohna. (someone was praying for him!!)
Police said that the bank acted like a springboard, sending the Skoda flying more than 100 ft before it was left wedged into the roof more than 20ft above the ground.
"We've never ever had a case of a car landing in a church before," said Frank Fischer (no shit Frank), a spokesman for Chemnitz police in the state of Saxony, after the accident on Sunday night.
The driver, who has not been named, suffered serious injuries. But police said they were not life-threatening. He was due to be tested for traces of alcohol.
The damage to the car, which perhaps surprisingly was not written off, was estimated by police to run to about £9,000. It was later extracted from the roof by a crane.
The cost of damage to the church is yet to be assessed.
Police said speed was a possible cause for the accident. (nothing gets past these German lads).
I'm with the theory he was just late for Mass, and when his workmates mentioned that he "was flying with his new job" he took it literally.
P.S. - The irony is not lost at Youtube Sales HQ?? They are actually advertising "Bitumen Roofing Shingles" with this clip. Presumably, after seeing this sales will go through the...ok sorry.