SEPTA Driver Shot, Drives Bus to Hospital

A SEPTA bus driver gets shot and drives her bus to the hospital for treatment, police say.

By Teresa Masterson
|  Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011  |  Updated 8:38 PM EDT
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SEPTA Driver Saved Her Life During Shooting

John Johnson, President the Transport Workers Union Local 234, shows how a SEPTA driver saved her life when she was shot. Johnson said he too, was a victim of violence on the job as a SEPTA operator. The union and SEPTA are pushing for tougher legislation that better protects bus operators by making penalties harsher for criminals.
"Mindless Violence" Against SEPTA Workers Must Stop
SEPTA Union Pres. Breaks Down Over Violent Attacks

SEPTA Union Pres. Breaks Down Over Violence

Local 234 Transport Worker Union President John Johnson breaks down talking about the increasing violence against SEPTA operators in the city.
SEPTA Driver Saved Her Life During Shooting
"Mindless Violence" Against SEPTA Workers Must Stop
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A SEPTA bus driver was shot Tuesday night in the Grays Ferry section, but instead of stopping the bus, she drove herself to the hospital for treatment, police say.

The bus driver was shot at about 11 p.m. Tuesday at Snyder and Vare avenues, a SEPTA spokesperson told NBC Philadelphia.

The bus was stationary in a “layover” with the door closed when the gunman approached the bus and tried to board, SEPTA officials say. 

When the bus driver told the man that he could not board, as she was on a break, he fired two shots into the bus, according to SEPTA. The 46-year-old driver was shot once in her right arm.

Police say the bus driver drove herself to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she remains in stable condition.

There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the shooting.

There are currently no arrests, but police intially said the motive may have been robbery.

The bus driver has worked for SEPTA for 20 years.
 

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