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Translink offer £1k reward over 'road rage incident' after man allegedly attempted to 'pull driver through bus window'

By Claire Williamson

Translink have offered a cash reward of up to £1k for information about a "road rage incident" where a man allegedly attempted to pull a driver through his bus window.

The alleged incident happened at the weekend on the Goldline 273 Omagh to Belfast service on Saturday April 18.

It was claimed that the driver of a black BMW car forced the bus driver on to the hard shoulder and tried to pull him through the bus window.

In a statement Translink said their driver was the victim of an "incident of road rage" at Junction 10 on the M1 eastbound and that there were a number of passengers on board at the time.

CCTV footage of the incident has been shared with the PSNI who are currently investigating.

A spokeswoman said: "We take incidents of assault against our employees extremely seriously and would remind passengers if they are willing to go to court to give evidence that helps to secure a conviction, we will offer cash reward of up to £1,000."

David McMurray from Unite Union who represents public transport workers said the driver was now having flashbacks to the incident when he was travelling along that stretch of road.

He told BBC Good Morning Ulster: "The driver was driving along and was overtaking a lorry in the inside lane, checked his wing mirror no traffic in outside lane except a black BMW in the distance.

"He completed his manoeuvre and the car pulled him off at junction 10- got out of the car the driver ran over and grabbed the bus driver through the window and assaulted him.

"It escalated even further, the driver pulled the car over and waited for the bus driver fortunately he didn't have to stop and that was the end of the incident.

"It has left the driver extremely shaken and to the extent when he's driving on that stretch of road he gets flashbacks.

Mr McMurray said attacks on drivers "happens all too frequently".

Police said they received a report of an incident on Saturday (April 18th) eastbound on the M1 motorway close to junction 10.

A spokesman said: "We are investigating reports that at around 2pm on Saturday, a driver had been assaulted by another motorist. Enquiries are continuing."

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