A passenger has spoken of her shock after a bus window was smashed in what she believes was an attack using an air gun.
The number 17 Xplore service between Asda Milton and Ninewells Hospital was travelling along Pitkerro Road when a window — the panel covering the emergency exit — smashed.
The shaken passenger, who declined to be named, told the Tele the size and shape of the damage to the window led her to believe it had been caused by someone using a firearm.
The woman said: “I got on the 17 bus from Asda Milton, which goes out to Ninewells.
“It got round the corner on to Pitkerro Road and something came flying through the window and gave me a big shock.
“It wasn’t a stone as the hole was small and shattered the whole window of the emergency exit that I was sitting at.
“I was covered in fragments of glass, some of which stuck in my hand.
“I just wanted to get home after working 10 hours so it just shows there are a lot of sad people in Dundee if they spend their nights shooting at buses.
“But it was really dangerous as the hole was only two inches from my head.
“I was talking to work friends and there was a loud bang and our hearts skipped a beat.
“The noise was really loud and then I noticed the window beside me had shattered. There was a small hole and that’s why I don’t think it was a stone that had been thrown.
“We didn’t see anybody in the street either, so a bit scary really.
“I don’t think a small stone would have made that much of an impact being thrown from the pavement.
“It was the emergency exit which you would think would withstand a stone as they are meant to be tough panes of glass.”
The passenger said the bus came to a halt following the incident, adding: “The driver was great.
“He stopped the bus and made a call and kept asking me if I was OK. The other passengers were the same as me — they couldn’t believe what had happened.
“We all sat on one side of the bus and made others aware when they got on.
“Everyone was surprised this had happened and a bit scared at who would do this.”
A spokeswoman for Xplore, which is owned by National Express, said the company was investigating the incident, which took place on Tuesday around 9pm.
She said: “Attacks of any kind on our vehicles are not acceptable as they put our passengers and drivers at risk.
“We are looking into this incident and will continue to work closely with Police Scotland to prosecute anyone found to be targeting our vehicles with stones or other missiles.”