Police appeal for M80 incident information continues

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 22:11 GMT on Wednesday, 31st October 2012.

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OFFICERS from Strathclyde Police are continuing their appeal for information and witnesses following an incident on the M80, Junction 6, Northbound on Saturday 20th October, where a plastic tub filled with adhesive smashed the window of out-of-service bus, injuring the driver.

At around 2150pm on 20th October, the 60 year old male driver of a single decker bus was driving on the M80 near to junction 6 when someone threw a 10kg plastic tub containing adhesive from the overhead bridge of the M80 which smashed the windscreen and injured the driver.

The impact of the tub also smashed the steering column in the cab and the driver lost all power, however, he was able to slow the bus down and bring it to a stop at the side of the motorway.

Fortunately, the driver only sustained minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment; however understandably he has been left very badly shaken by this incident.

At the moment, there are no descriptions of any suspects.

Speaking from Cumbernauld Police Office Chief Inspector Glen Bland said: “It is no understatement to say that it is only sheer luck which stopped this incident being much worse and the driver counts himself lucky that he was not severely injured or killed as a result of this completely senseless act on one of Scotland’s busiest roads. It’s to the driver’s credit that he managed to avoid other vehicles and stop the bus at the edge of motorway.

“We are carrying out extensive inquiries, and looking at CCTV to trace those responsible. From inquiries so far, it may be that the large tub was stolen from a nearby building site close to Our Ladies High School, Dowanfield Road, Cumbernauld.

“It is vital we trace those responsible for carrying out such a dangerous act and I am appealing to drivers who were on the M80 last night and saw anyone on the overhead bridge near to Junction 6 to contact me as a matter of urgency.

Chief Inspector Glen Bland added: “Also, anyone who saw anyone hanging around the Dowanfield Road area of Cumbernauld or someone carrying a large white plastic tub last night to get in touch."

Anyone with any information which can help this inquiry is asked to contact Cumbernauld Police Office on 01236 503900. Alternatively, to give information anonymously you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.