DANGEROUS: Ian Thomas is a professional bus driver who hit a wire strung across the David Low Way in the early hours of the morning.
DANGEROUS: Ian Thomas is a professional bus driver who hit a wire strung across the David Low Way in the early hours of the morning. John McCutcheon

Deadly wire strung across Coast road

IAN Thomas doesn't know if it was a prank or a serious attempt to hurt someone.

Whatever the case, he says it doesn't matter.

The length of wire he found stretched across the David Low Way was potentially deadly no matter what its intention.

"It could easily have killed someone," an angry Mr Thomas said.

"I can't believe anyone would do that."

The professional driver was returning home about 4.30am when his mini-bus hit the black, plastic-coated wire stretched across the road at Marcus Beach.

"There was this bang and I realised this wire was flapping at window level and trailing down both sides of the vehicle," he said.

"It had obviously been strung across the road and, in my opinion, was deliberately aimed at people on bikes.

"It was strung across the road at just the right height to decapitate them."

When he stopped to check for damage to his vehicle, he found about 20 metres of the wire trailing behind it.

The incident was reported to police, who have also taken possession of the length of wire.

Mr Thomas said it was the worst incident he had seen during 15 years of driving professionally on the Sunshine Coast.

"I've experienced all sorts of things - not a shift goes by without some incident that leaves me shaking my head," he said.

"The abuse we get on the road is unbelievable - people are so impatient - but this is the first time I've seen something that was designed to cause harm to someone.

"I just couldn't believe it.

"It absolutely disgusts me that someone has gone to the trouble of stretching a wire across the road with the intention of causing someone harm.

"Obviously there is a sick person out there who needs to be found or someone will lose their life."

Police busy coping with the Christmas rush were yesterday unable to provide details on their investigation.


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