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OREGON CITY, Ore-- Four people were taken to the hospital after a man stabbed a TriMet bus driver and several passengers who tried to help him.

A Clackamas County dispatcher said the first call of the incident came from TriMet around 11 p.m. The stabbing was on a Line 33 bus near Molalla Avenue and Clairmont Way, said Lt. Bill Kler of the Oregon City police.

The attacker reportedly boarded the bus at the Oregon City Transit Center. Passenger John Olechea said the passenger was on the bus about 15 minutes when he started punching him, then went after the driver.

I think he was way wasted, Olechea said.

Kler said three passengers tried to help the driver. Two of the three were stabbed, one was bitten as they held the suspect until police arrived and took him into custody. A witness said police used a Taser on the suspect.

The driver passed out after getting off the bus, a witness said.

Two passengers and the driver were taken to trauma hospitals. Their conditions were not available. They were conscious and breathing when transported.

A fourth person was taken to nearby Willamette Falls hospital.

TriMet driver union president Bruce Hansen told KGWthe attack points out how drivers face difficult passengers on a daily basis and that the job can sometimes turn dangerous.

He faulted TriMet for not informing him of the attack. He learned of it from another union officer and through media reports.


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