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A Metrobus driver is recovering after his bus was hijacked by an armed man in Northeast Tuesday morning.

 The incident is raising concerns over driver safety.
It was a three-minute ordeal that threatened the safety of the Metro driver and his passengers and left a pedestrian dead.
“There was a weapon of some sort that was displayed. The driver of the bus was forced off the bus,” said Assistant Chief Peter Newsham of the moments before the bus was hijacked.
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The injured driver was able to hit an emergency button before exiting the bus, which Metro confirms triggers a distress call to bus operations, starts GPS tracking and displays the phrase “Emergency — call 911″ on the bus exterior.

 “Metro has understood that assaults have been a problem in the past,” said David Stephen, with the Amalgamated Transit Union, after the incident.

The union wants Metro Transit Police officers to periodically get on board.

“If there were a reputation for police to pop in on buses or on trains and just be around, then you’d see it … likely that these kinds of incidents would happen less frequently then they do,” Stephen said.
source:  WTOP.com

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