A HOLMFIRTH man was injured when his van was hijacked by two masked thugs on a desolate moorland road.
Simon Burnett, 42, of Cinderhills, suffered cuts and bruises to his face when he put up a fight to get his vehicle back.
Now he has backed police appeals to trace the ruthless attackers.
Mr Burnett, who runs his own business in Holmfirth, was driving his red Ford Transit to a family takeaway at Buxton in Derbyshire when the incident happened at 5.15pm on Tuesday.
He had stopped at the junction of Windle Edge and the A628 Woodhead Road at Dunford Bridge, when two men loomed out of the dark on either side of the van.
"I was pulled out of the van and the two men climbed in," he said.
"At that point I was so frantic that I decided I didn't want the van to go.
"I jumped into the back of the van, but within a distance of three-quarters of a mile I was thrown out into a layby and the van sped off."
Mr Burnett said: "I am still shaky now, but at the time I just didn't see why someone should take something that didn't belong to them."
Mr Burnett said the men had appeared from nowhere.
"There was no car around," he said. "They didn't want money, they just wanted some form of transport to get somewhere."
He added: "I very rarely take this route. The police said these men had obviously been sitting waiting for their prey. It's something you hear about, but you never expect it to happen to you."
He said: "These men were ruthless and need to be caught."
The incident is being investigated by South Yorkshire police.
Sgt Derek Barker, of Barnsley police, said the two attackers were described as slim and 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall. The men, who wore masks, spoke with Asian accents.
Sgt Barker said CID officers at Wombwell police station were continuing inquiries.
Telephone Barnsley police on 01226 736349 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.