Stagecoach driver praised for actions in M6 toll incident

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The driver of a coach caught up in a security alert on the M6 toll motorway has been praised for his “calm and professional” response to the incident.

David Myerscough helped officers ensure passengers disembarked safely one by one after a passenger called police to report concerns about vapour escaping from a bag.

Ian Laing, General Manager of said: “While it later emerged it was a false alarm, we can understand how everyone on the coach must have felt when events were unfolding at the time. Safety and security is our absolute priority. David followed our procedures correctly and kept a calm head. The rest of the megabus. com team did a great job in making sure everyone got to their chosen destination after the police investigation was completed.”

David said: “It was a scary thing for a lot of people and a very long and tiring day. We were all in it together and when you’re faced with armed police you can’t really do anything else other than follow their instructions.

“The police were really professional. I always thought we would be alright. Fortunately, what could have been a terrible situation turned out to be OK. Most people got to where they wanted to be in the end.”

David has worked with Stagecoach for five years as a standby driver at Preston depot and worked the shift due to the sickness of a colleague.

“Some passengers said thanks to me and they were all really nice,” he added. “I was just doing my job and I wanted to do it well.”