Thamesdown Transport has issued a warning to other motorists to be alert for vandals after a windscreen was smashed by someone throwing a ‘missile’ from a footbridge over Tewkesbury Way.
The incident happened on Monday 4 August at approximately 3.35pm on one of Thamesdown’s busiest routes. The bus, which was carrying passengers from Fleming Way to Middleleaze, managed to stop safely despite the damage. There were no injuries and the incident is under police investigation.
The driver reported seeing a number of youths standing on the bridge as the bus approached, and as the vehicle passed under an unknown object was thrown and hit the windscreen.
Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown, said: “This could have been a very serious incident, putting lives at risk. Fortunately our driver was able to retain control of the vehicle and bring it safely to a stop with no injuries to passengers and so the worst outcome from Monday’s incident was delays to passengers on the bus, and those waiting further along the route, as well as incurring repair costs and having the vehicle off the road.”
A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: "Wiltshire Police have been made aware of yesterday’s incident involving objects being thrown from a pedestrian footbridge over Tewkesbury Way in Swindon.
"The consequences of this person/persons’ actions could be very serious and we will take action against anyone found to be throwing objects at moving vehicles.
"Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101."