July 9, 2019 3:14 pm
Updated: July 10, 2019 3:35 pm

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.

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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.

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

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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