A THAME businessman considers himself lucky to be alive after a freak accident on a motorway.
Pierre Taylor was driving along the M40 when a large chunk of lorry metal was flicked up by the car in front and smashed through the windscreen, slicing open his face.
Mr Taylor, who is the managing director of the Ford Garage in Rycote Lane, was driving past Watlington a week ago when the incident happened.
“It came clean through my windscreen hit me in the face and landed on the back seat.
“It was such a heavy piece of metal that it cut straight through the glass.
“If it had been a couple of inches to the side I don’t think I would have survived. There was a lot of blood.
“I’m lucky to be alive.
“It looks like it may be a brake pad from a lorry. Windscreens are laminated so it took something pretty hefty to go clean through.”
The Stadhampton resident managed to steer his car to the side of the road, despite the damaged windscreen and severe injuries.
“The miracle is that I didn’t crash straight away.”
Pierre stopped on the hard shoulder and was picked up by his girlfriend who was luckily following him shortly after.
Despite the blood and clear signs of an accident no passing cars stopped to see if he was all right.
“I can’t believe no-one stopped to see if I was OK. There was a lot of blood and I was clearly in trouble.
“Luckily my girlfriend was just behind and she was able to drive me straight to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
“I had a very large gash on my cheek. It could quite easily have killed me. I could easily have had an accident as it happened.
“The piece of metal was a complete fluke and could have happened to anyone.”
Mr Taylor is planning to hold a toy sale to raise money for Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
“They did such a good job stitching me up that I want to raise some money for them.
“I’ve got a load of toys which I want to sell in a fundraiser at the garage.
“I hope to do it closer to Christmas time so we can raise as much as we can.
“I hope to raise £1,000 to say thank you.
“It was such an unfortunate incident, an absolute fluke, so it would be good to raise some money for a good cause because of it. I count myself lucky. I’ve kept the piece of metal.”