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Bus driver assaulted by passenger in downtown Hamilton: GO Transit

GO Transit confirmed a bus driver was assaulted on King Street West in Hamilton on Tuesday.
GO Transit confirmed a bus driver was assaulted on King Street West in Hamilton on Tuesday. Don Mitchell / Global News

GO Transit says a bus driver was sent to Hamilton General Hospital after he was assaulted by a passenger on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins told Global News the incident happened just after 1:00 p.m. on a Richmond Hill-bound bus at King Street across from Summers Lane.

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“I can confirm a coach bus driver was unfortunately assaulted by a passenger earlier today,” said Aikins. “He has sustained a head injury.”

Aikins revealed the driver is a 73-year-old Derrick Sealy, who’s a “30-year veteran with the company.”

Hamilton paramedics spokesperson Dave Thompson confirmed the head injury, saying a man “was sent to hospital in stable condition.”

Hamilton police say a suspect was arrested after a GO bus driver was hurt in downtown.
Hamilton police say a suspect was arrested after a GO bus driver was hurt in downtown. Don Mitchell / Global News

Lorraine Edwards, from Hamilton police, told Global News that police arrested 24-year-old Rocco Vietri.

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Vietri is facing three charges related to assault causing bodily harm and failing to comply with his probation.

Police have opposed his bail and he remains in custody.

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