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Absolutely Brutal Bus Attack Caught on Video — and the Weapons Used Are Downright Strange


"When she pushed the priority button, that radio should've worked."

Image source: WKYC-TV

Four teenage boys were arrested in connection with a brutal attack on an Ohio bus driver who was hit repeatedly with rock-filled socks, WKYC-TV reported.

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Surveillance video shows a person boarding the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority bus around 1 a.m. Sunday and twice swinging a rock-filled sock at the driver, hitting her in the neck, face and shoulders, and then swinging it once toward the aisle.

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After he runs off the bus, another person standing just outside the door is seen swinging another rock-filled sock toward the driver before she closes the doors.

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According to WKYC, a pair of 17-year-olds and two 14-year-olds are facing aggravated assault charges. Witnesses at the bus stop reportedly told police they saw the boys load rocks into socks before the attack.

The bus driver was treated at a hospital and released; RTA told the station that a fragment struck a male passenger who declined medical attention.

Here's the surveillance video:

Sunday's attack is the 18th on RTA drivers this year, WKYC reported — up by seven over last year, though down from 2012 stats.

"When she pushed the priority button, that radio should've worked," Transit Union representative William Nix told the station. "That would've given the transit police more of a response time. She had to drive down the street some ways and then get off the bus."

The following report includes additional surveillance video as well as community reaction:

The RTA said bus operators have declined the option of having a protective barrier installed, WKYC reported.

Here's the report from WKYC:

This story has been updated with additional video.

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