P. Diddy says it was a ''close one'' after surviving a car crash yesterday (24.10.12).

The 42-year-old rapper was involved in a Collision outside the Beverly Hills hotel in California when his chauffeur-driven Cadillac Escalade was crushed in an accident with a Lexus RX vehicle, and while he is said to have complained of an unspecified pain following the incident, he has taken to his twitter account to reveal it could have been much worse.

Diddy wrote on the social networking website: ''Woah...that was a close one! (sic)''.

The rapper - who was previously known as Puff Daddy - also attached an image to his tweet, which simply contained the message, 'WOAH ... THAT WAS A CLOSE ONE! (sic)'', to emphasise just how near to being seriously injured he was.

After seeing a photograph of Diddy's bashed up bonnet online, his friend Russell Simmons tweeted: ''after seeing this pic i'm glad to hear my man Puff is ok... (sic)''

The 'I Need a Girl' hitmaker - whose real name is Sean Combs - was overheard telling police he would ''seek his own medical attention'' following the accident, which left the front of his car crushed and undriveable with the windscreen smashed and the airbags all activated.

His driver and fellow passenger, who is believed to have been record boss Andre Hurrell, were not taken to hospital and the vehicle was later towed away.

But the driver of the Lexus was said to have received unspecified injuries and taken to hospital.