A deadly shortcut

29-04-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. GRANGEMOUTH. A904 opposite M9. Break in barbed wire fencing with wore path. Regularly used access point to cross M9. Likely crossing point used by Michael Easton (13) who died on the M9, Friday night into Saturday morning.
29-04-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. GRANGEMOUTH. A904 opposite M9. Break in barbed wire fencing with wore path. Regularly used access point to cross M9. Likely crossing point used by Michael Easton (13) who died on the M9, Friday night into Saturday morning.

Senseless vandals cut a barbed wire fence giving schoolboy Michael Easton easy access to the motorway where he died.

Last Friday’s tragedy on the M9 left his family in mourning and shocked the community.

The 13-year-old had been with friends in Grangemouth and was heading home to Polmont when it appears he made the decision to take a fatal shortcut.

As his schoolfriends laid tributes on nearby Beancross Road, it emerged the fence erected by the authorities to keep people off the carriageway had been deliberately cut.

Investigations into the youngster’s death are continuing. Police have traced the driver of the vehicle they believe was involved.