Australia's Nine News has published dramatic video footage of a four-wheel drive that ploughed through a BP service station at Sydney.
It shows the customer, Carlo Spina, having trouble making a credit card payment just before the crash.
The machine glitch kept him at the service counter for seconds longer – just enough to keep him out of harms way when the car spears through the the station, missing the customer but just centimetres.
Spina told Nine News he had been trying to buy a magazine at the service station in Penrith when the incident occurred.
He opened his wallet to pay, but realised he did not have the cash to do so, forcing him to linger at the counter for a few seconds longer as he paid by credit card.
Then suddenly a white SUV bursts through the service station window, brushing past Spina, throwing him forward into the counter.
The driver claims her vehicle suddenly accelerated for no apparent reason as she was pulling into the service station.
If Mr Spina had been walking away from the counter at the time, he would almost certainly have been hit by the car and badly injured or killed.
''I'm relieved that I'm alive - happy to be here on earth,'' he said.