A Nepalese jaywalker had a miraculous close shave on Thursday afternoon after he was knocked down by a heavy truck and trapped underneath it at a crossing on a busy thoroughfare in northern Macau.

The 40-year-old man was conscious and had no apparent injuries when he was pulled out from under the truck and rushed to a hospital.

He could still talk to fire rescue workers and was put in an ambulance in a halo jacket – or neck brace – to protect his spine and neck shortly after the drama.

The accident occurred on Avenida do Nordeste, according to the Macao Daily News, which had its newsroom opposite the site.

The Nepalese worker was required to remain in the hospital for further observation as of Thursday evening.

The driver of the truck, a mainland Chinese holding a driving permit jointly issued by the local and Guangdong authorities, was swift enough to hit the brake after he saw a pedestrian was struck down.

The driver passed an immediate breath test and police said they believed he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs but inquiries were continuing.