Glasgow & West Scotland

Bus driver injured after 10kg tub thrown from bridge onto M80

The footbridge from where the tub was thrown
Image caption The tub was thrown from the footbridge near junction 6 onto the motorway

A bus driver has been injured after his windscreen was smashed by a missile thrown from an overhead footbridge on the M80 near Cumbernauld.

The man was driving a single decker bus near the M80's junction 6, at about 21:50 on Saturday, when a 10kg tub of adhesive was thrown from the bridge.

The plastic tub smashed the windscreen and steering column in the cab, causing the driver to lose all power.

He was able to slow the bus and bring it to a stop at the side of the M80.

A police spokesman said there were no passengers onboard at the time.

The 60-year-old driver suffered minor injuries and was said to be very badly shaken by the incident.

Tub 'stolen'

Police said the tub may have been stolen from a building site close to Our Lady's High School in Cumbernauld's Dowanfield Road.

Ch Insp 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."