A motorist was repeatedly punched by another driver, who then tried to run over him in a road rage attack.
The incident happened at around 2.35pm on Thursday as the 42-year-old victim drove along High Street North, Dunstable, in his Vauxhall Astra estate.
He indicated and pulled into a space ahead of a set of traffic lights and in front of a man who was driving a white recovery truck, which was towing a dark-coloured car.
When the two got to the traffic lights at the junction with Queensway the truck driver got out of his vehicle, opened the victim’s door and punched him several times to the arm and chest.
A member of the public intervened and pulled the attacker away, who then got back into his vehicle.
The victim drove away to the next set of traffic lights before getting out of his car to try and record the offender’s number plate.
The man then drove into him, knocking him to the ground before attempting to run over him.
The Vauxhall driver managed to roll onto the pavement and the attacker ran off.
The victim suffered cuts and bruising to his left elbow and left knee as well as pain to his lower back and was taken to the Luton & Dunstable Hospital.
PC Jacob Fairburn is keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and may have seen the truck driver who is white, between 20 and 30 and 5ft 10ins tall and wore a light-coloured top and blue jeans.
PC Fairburn said: “High Street North was very busy at the time of the offence and a number of people have already come forward to speak with us.
“This was a very violent attack and seems to have been sparked by the victim pulling in front of the offender.
“I would urge anyone with information to get in contact with Bedfordshire Police.”
Contact PC Fairburn, in confidence, on the non-emergency 101 number or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively,call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.