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CT bus fight caught on video

April 2, 2019

HAMDEN — A CTtransit bus driver is out of a job after a violent fight with a passenger was caught on video last month.

The incident, which was first reported Monday night by WTNH, occurred March 4 outside the CTtransit bus garage on State Street in Hamden.

According to WTNH, the fight began when the passenger refused to get off the bus at the last stop. The video shows the man, who was the only passenger left on the bus, get up from his seat and attack the driver in the head with a cane. The driver reacts by punching and kicking the passenger. After overtaking the passenger, the driver leaves the bus with the man on the floor.

After a failed attempt to drive the bus away, the passenger goes outside where the driver is seen drop-kicking the man to the ground.

The passenger, William Horn, has been charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. Stefan Knox, a 19-year CTtransit employee, has been fired but not charged, according to WTNH.

In a statement, CTtransit said the driver was terminated because of the incident outside the bus where he “physically re-engaged his assailant, without provocation.”

“Physically engaging the assailant the second time was inappropriate and dangerous,” the statement said.