By Chris Jaffray
An army vet who lost his leg in Iraq has captured the moment motorway debris smashed through the windscreen into his face – while he played it remarkably cool and calmly pulled over.
Mark Sutcliffe, 39, was on his daily commute on the A421 between Peterborough and Bedford at 7.30am yesterday [TUES] when his dashcam filmed the projectile flying towards his car from the opposite lane before hitting him in the face.
But where many would have panicked, the MBE-awarded dad-of-one said his experience in the military – which included having his right leg blown off by a grenade in 2006 – helped him to stay calm and make his way over to a layby.
The Citizens’ Advice Bureau chief executive, who was left with a gash to his forehead from the lump of rubber, said: “I was driving to work along the usual route and this lump of rubber came straight through my windscreen from the other side of the carriageway, and struck me on the face.
“I do have a habit of dodging death!
“A lot of times when this happens it is very usual to crash into someone else.
“But I am former military so I have had much, much worse, I have had my leg blown off.
“My military background has taught me when things happen you have got to remain calm and I did so – I know the road and knew there was a layby I could pull into.
“It is effectively being calm under pressure, no matter what happens it is how you react that can affect the outcome.
“Pressure can be good as long as you use that pressure, it is when you allow pressure to get on top of you that’s when it can become detrimental.”
In Mark’s shocking footage, the debris can be seen being flung into his path after it is hit by another car on the other side of the road.
The military veteran can be heard groaning in pain as he pulls into the layby but his impeccable driving never faulters.
Former sargeant Mark has also shared an image showing the damage to his black BMW with the hole clearly visible in the windscreen, but said other motorists seemed to be oblivious to the incident.
Married Mark, who served in the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglican Regiment, also fighting in Afghanistan, added: “In reality, whatever happens you should stay calm.”