MBTA Police: Rider Punches Bus Driver Over Bicycle Dispute In Chelsea

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CHELSEA, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — At around 9 p.m. Friday night, a bus driver running the Route 111 commute was allegedly punched in the face after asking a rider to store his bicycle in the proper place on the bus.

According to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Transit Police, the bus had pulled over at the designated bus stop at Washington Street and Cary Street when a man boarded through the back doors with a bicycle. The driver asked him to mount the bicycle at the front of the bus as MBTA rules and regulations dictate for safety.

The man apparently did not like that request, and during an argument with the driver, the man allegedly struck the MBTA worker with a closed fist to the side of the face. Police say after the suspect hit the driver; he took off.

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The driver was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation following the altercation.

"Any assault on MBTA employees will be not be tolerated. We will expend all available resources in our investigation to identify, locate and arrest the individual responsible for this criminal act. MBTA employees provide an invaluable public service, and they should not be subjected to this type of conduct," MBTA TPD Superintendent Richard Sullivan said.

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