MTA bus driver lashed out in unprovoked Queens attack

An MTA bus driver was punched in the face in an unprovoked attack in Queens over the weekend, police officers said.

The 42-year-old driver was driving a Q18 bus at 27th Avenue and Fourth Street in Astoria around 5 p.m. Sunday when a passenger struck him for no apparent reason, police said.

The attacker ran off the bus after the incident and police had no description of the threat as of Monday morning.

No arrests were made.

The driver was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and the bus was taken out of service, according to police and the MTA.

A general view of 27th Avenue and 4th Street.
The driver was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the unprovoked attack.
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“It is ruthless for anyone to attack a bus operator who is simply doing his or her job,” MTA Representative Michael Cortez said in a statement. “The MTA is fully cooperating with this investigation to ensure the perpetrator is brought to justice.”

The incident comes weeks after 28-year-old Jonathan Frias, who is homeless, allegedly hit a 46-year-old city subway cleaner with a metal pipe at a lower Manhattan station, police officers said.

Last month, a Harlem bus passenger also freaked out at a 52-year-old male driver — spat on him, slapped his arm and threatened to “get my gun,” cops said. MTA bus driver lashed out in unprovoked Queens attack


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