Video captures attack on Olympia bus driver

OLYMPIA — A transit bus driver in Olympia is at home recovering Wednesday after he was beaten by a passenger.

Intercity Transit spokeswoman Kris Fransen says the driver suffered cuts, bruises and a fractured nose. He was treated at a hospital and released.

The 24-year-old passenger accused of beating the driver is being held in Olympia City Jail on investigation of third-degree assault. He has a court hearing Wednesday.

KOMO-TV reported the Tuesday afternoon violence aboard an Intercity Transit bus was captured on the bus’s surveillance video.

After verbally warning the passenger to tone down his language, the bus driver stopped the bus and walked back to tell the man to leave.

In the video, the driver finally appears to try to shove the man out. That’s when the man started hitting the driver. One passenger tried to pull the man off.

When the man eventually left the bus, passengers and the driver called 911.

The driver has worked for the transit agency for seven years.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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