More details emerge about physical assault of FRTA bus driver in Northampton

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Staff Writer
Published: 10/4/2019 12:01:17 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Police released additional details Friday morning about a physical assault that sent a Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) bus driver to the hospital Thursday night.

According to a post on the Northampton Police Department’s Facebook page, police responded at 5:52 p.m. to a report of a man lying on his back in the middle of the intersection of State and Finn streets.

The police say the man, 55, was bleeding from the back of the head and not responding to officers. He was subsequently transported to Baystate Medical Center.

Police said that a subsequent investigation revealed that the man, a FRTA bus driver, was attempting to turn onto State Street from Finn Street when the bus struck a Hyundai Sonata.

Both operators proceeded to get out of their vehicles, police say, and it is alleged that the operator of the Sonata struck the bus driver, who fell, hitting his head. The Hyundai driver then allegedly fled the scene.

Police say that the alleged assailant has been identified as a 23-year-old Northampton man, that criminal charges are forthcoming and that the investigation is ongoing. As of late Friday morning, the suspect had not been arrested, although he has been located.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.


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