2 driver assaults days apart

A second bus driver assault happened just two days after one attack caused the driver to slam into the sidewalk.

The first happened Friday in Kelowna, and the second on Sunday in West Kelowna.

A veteran driver is recovering at home after he was assaulted while driving on Rutland Road, Friday. The bus swerved before taking out a chunk of sidewalk and hitting a retaining wall as it came to a stop.

According to police, the second assault occurred near Home Depot in West Kelowna about 3:05 p.m.

A passenger reportedly punched a driver in the face.

“He was arrested a short distance away and lodged in cells,” said RCMP Insp. Paul MacDougall. 

A 59-year-old West Kelowna man faces possible assault charges.

BC Transit communications manager Jonathon Dyck says the company is aware of the incidents.

“We are ensuring the drivers receive the support required, and are undertaking an internal investigation as part of our standard protocol,” said Dyck.

Protective shields are expected to be installed on buses in Kelowna and across B.C. by 2022. Full driver doors will be put on 650 high-capacity, medium-duty, heavy-duty, commuter, and coach buses.

“Buses to be replaced within two years will not have the full driver door installed, instead the replacement bus will be delivered with the full driver door installed,” said Dyck.

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