No surveillance cameras on bus where MBTA driver attacked

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March 11, 2013, 1:04 pm
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(NECN: John Moroney) - The search continues for a group of young people, accused of beating a Boston bus driver. Police say more than a dozen attacked an MBTA driver over the weekend.

The Route 16 bus is still making stops along Columbia Road, despite this weekend's violent attack, during which a 52-year-old driver for the T was beaten up by a group of at least 15 teenagers.

It all began shortly before one o'clock Saturday morning. A female passenger trying to get on the bus started arguing with the driver, throwing her pass at him. That's when the teens surrounded the vehicle, boarded the bus and started hitting the driver. Investigators say the group ran off shortly after the driver hit an alarm and before police arrived.

The union representing T drivers is now calling for the passage of legislation aimed at making it easier to prosecute people accused of assaulting transit workers.

Orville Maxwell says he was a bus driver for the T for 10 years but quit because the job was too dangerous.

Police are hoping surveillance cameras like this one perched on top of a Columbia Road building in the city's Dorchester neighborhood can help with the investigation. There were no cameras on the bus targeted in the brazen attack.

The driver was taken to the hospital. He was checked out. He has been released from the hospital and is expected to be okay. There's no word on when or if he will return to work.

Tags: MBTA, John Moroney, Columbia road, Joseph O'Connor, mbta bus driver, dorchester massachusetts, group attack, bus driver attack
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