October 20, 2014

In anger, handgun pulled on SEPTA bus

UPPER DARBY, Pa. — It’s something every bus driver fears – a gun pulled in anger aboard a bus.

It happened – again – in Upper Darby, Pa., last week on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus, according to the Associated Press.

A female passenger brandished a handgun and threatened a fellow passenger during an argument. The altercation was stopped by a cool-headed third passenger, reported the Associated Press.

The Associated Press said there were 30 people on board the bus at the time. Police arrested the woman who brandished the handgun.

The UTU National Legislative Office and many state legislative directors are working with lawmakers to seek legislation requiring driver training in how to deal with unruly and abusive riders.

The UTU also is working to require protective shields for drivers and other crime deterring devices aboard buses, such as cameras.