Two businessmen travelling through the Stewartry thought they had reached heaven when their car collided with a bull near Auchencairn.
The pair, Sir Thomas Lethbridge and Ahsan Mohammed, crashed into the very large farm animal on a straight stretch of the A711.
And both realise they are lucky to be alive after the accident as they headed towards Palnackie.
Ahsan, 56, said: It was very, very dark driving along the A711, even with full beams up, and the next thing I saw was the bull in the middle of the road.
I braked hard but we couldnt escape it. Next thing there was one hell of a noise and everything went white. We thought wed reached heaven but thankfully it was just the air bags.
We were knocked out momentarily I think as we didnt realise the scale of the accident.
Luckily there was no serious damage to either of us although I have a badly bruised shoulder which I still cant lift properly. The car was a complete write-off.
Sir Thomas, 62, added: We were going in a straight line when we noticed a car flashing at us as if we had our full beams on but he was actually alerting us to the huge chunk of meat in the road ahead.
We were told by police and ambulance crews later that we were very lucky but with seat belts and air bags we were saved from certain fatal injuries.
The person who flashed called all the emergency services and we are very grateful to him as well as everyone who helped us that night.
The duo, who visit the region regularly and work for dairy recruitment firm Kings UK in Newmarket, were taken to Dumfries Infirmary but escaped with minor cuts and bruises from the crash at around 5.15pm on November 22. The bull died.