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Bus driver assaulted by angry car driver

Charges are pending against a 46-year-old Coquitlam man after an assault on a bus driver on December 26th around 8:30 pm
 
The #22 Knight St bus was travelling south in the 1900 block of Clark Drive coming up to a bus stop when it had to divert around a car stopped in the bus stop zone. The bus driver honked his horn to alert the car driver that he was in the bus zone.  A man believed to be from the stopped car got onto the bus and punched the bus driver in the face, while a 2nd man waited outside the bus.  Two bus passengers came to the assistance of the driver and managed to get the assailant off the bus.
 
The driver continued on his route next coming to a stop in the 2500 block of Clark Drive.  Passengers alerted him that the car was following the bus and not to open the doors as the men were coming back.  The driver had pushed his emergency button by this time and a number of passengers had also called 9-1-1.
 
Police responded to the location of the bus and pulled the car over a short distance away.  Two men were initially taken into custody but one was later released without charges.  Charges of assault are pending against a 46 year old Coquitlam man.
 
The bus driver was taken to the hospital for observation and later released.

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