Man found dead under motorway after car broke down late at night

The 47-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after being found on Station Road, Bonnybridge, on Thursday.

Police launch appeal after man found dead underneath M80 overbridge after car broke down © Google Maps 2022

Police have launched an appeal after a man was found dead underneath a motorway after his car broke down in Falkirk.

Emergency services were called to Station Road, underneath the M80 overbridge, in Bonnybridge, at around 12.10am on Thursday.

A 47-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers established that the man’s car, a silver-coloured Ford Fiesta, broke down on the M80 northbound just after the Haggs junction, leading him to stop on the hard shoulder at around 10.50pm on Wednesday.

An investigation has been launched into the incident and officers are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Detective sergeant Andy Gardner said: “We are working to establish the circumstances surrounding his death and it is currently being treated as unexplained.

“Around 10.50pm on Wednesday, he had been driving his silver-coloured Ford Fiesta northbound on the M80 just after the Haggs junction, when his car broke down and he stopped on the hard shoulder.

“We would appeal to anyone who was driving on the motorway between 10.45pm on Wednesday night and 12.10am on Thursday morning, when police were called.

“If anyone saw the silver-coloured Ford Focus at the side of the motorway, please get in touch. I would also appeal to any drivers on that road between those times who have dash-cam footage to contact officers.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers through 101 quoting reference 0021 of September 15.