ScotRail offers reward to find rail vandals

19 May 2008

First ScotRail has offered a £1,000 reward for anyone able to help bring to justice the vandal who dangled a heavy metal object from a bridge, causing it to crash through the windscreen of the train. The driver narrowly avoided being seriously injured – or even killed – as his passenger service train was travelling at 60 mph when it was struck.

 

The driver managed to bring his train to a halt near Blantyre in Lanarkshire despite having suffered cuts and injuries to his face and having his forehead showered with glass.

 

The incident happened last Wednesday and ASLEF’s officer in Scotland, Kevin Lindsay, says the indicent could easily have led to far more tragic consequences. The driver was taken to Wishaw Hospital and later released after treatment.

 

First ScotRail have offered a £1,000 reward to assist the British Transport Police investigation.

 

Kevin says he welcomes Scotrail putting up the reward. ‘This sort of behaviour is serious criminal activity and this incident could easily have had a worse outcome than it has.

 

‘ASLEF is working with the transport section of AMICUS on a campaign to ensure better legal protection for bus, tram and train drivers. We would like to see a transport bill giving our members the same protection as the emergency services.’

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