Police looking for suspect after TARC driver was assaulted
The bus driver is expected to be OK.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Video shot Wednesday in Louisville shows a TARC driver punched and kicked on the job.
In the video, which has gotten popular on social media, passengers watch as the bus driver is on the sidewalk being punched, kicked and then pushed into the street.
A woman posted the video saying her friend shot it around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Bus Route 15. LMPD said they were called to 34th and West Market Streets.
TARC said it's reviewing the footage to identify what lead up to the incident. TARC said dispatch was called for "fare evasion," meaning the man didn't buy a ticket.
When the bus stopped at Louis Coleman Drive, police said the bus driver and the man left the bus. Then, the video shows that man attacking the bus driver. Someone on the bus started recording while others on the bus just watched the fight.
Police said the bus driver was taken to University Hospital and is expected to be OK. The suspect took off.
"One occurrence is one too many, but it's the second we've had this year, and we had four in all of last year," said Barry Barker Executive Director of TARC. "So it's certainly not a daily occurrence."
The driver hasn't returned to work.
TARC said it's training drivers in conflict resolution. It also has off-duty police officers riding on select buses hoping to reduce violence. TARC thinks a new fare collection system will help keep the buses safer.
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