Metro bus driver beaten unconscious by passengers; cop cars collide

Metro bus driver beaten unconscious by passengers; cop cars collide
TUKWILA, Wash. – Three people are under arrest after a King County Metro bus driver was beaten unconscious early Saturday morning during an attack aboard her bus.

And two officers were treated after their patrol cars collided as they responded to the assault.

King County sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart said the bus attack happened just after midnight as the Route 124 bus stopped in Tukwila at S. 144th Street and International Boulevard to let passengers off.

A group of seven or eight young people gathered at the back door but only two got off before the doors closed.

At least some of the group then went to the front of the bus. The 56-year-old driver was punched in the head several times, knocking her unconscious.

At the same time, two of the youths kicked and hit the rear door of the coach, smashing glass and bending the door frame. All suspects then ran off.

Another passenger called 911 from the bus after the assault, and officers responded to the scene.

The bus driver was rushed to Valley Medical Center in Renton. Her condition was not available.

Meanwhile, a Tukwila K-9 police dog tracked the group of young people to a house in the 13700 block of 45th Avenue South. Eight people were detained.

Eventually witnesses from the bus identified three people who were directly involved in the incident. The three were arrested and booked into the Youth Center.

One of the three, a 15-year-old boy from Renton, was booked for investigation of felony assault. Two others - a 16-year-old from Tukwila and a 17-year-old from Kent - were booked on suspicion of felony vandalism.

Urquhart later said two patrol cars collided, at South 148th Street and International Boulevard, as King County sheriff's deputies and Tukwila police responded to the incident.

The Tukwila officer was treated at the scene. The sheriff's deputy, assigned to the SeaTac police force, was taken to Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released.