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Bus Driver Arrested Mid-Route

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Bus Driver Arrested Mid-Route

Hlemmur bus station

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A bus driver on route 14 was arrested in the middle of his route on Friday afternoon, Fréttablaðið reports, on suspicion of assaulting an eleven-year-old boy. He was taken into custody at Hlemmur bus station, leaving bus passengers stranded, at least temporarily, without a driver.

The driver is said to have stopped the bus after the child threw a snowball at it. He got out of the bus and is accused of having attacked the boy. Little information had been released about how charges were being pursued after the arrest, although Guðmundur Heiðar Helguson, Strætó’s public relations officer, said that he trusted that police would do their duty in the matter.

Although certainly noteworthy, this is not, unfortunately, the first occurrence of its kind. Less than two weeks ago, it was reported that a number of people in the town of Hafnarfjörður, not far outside of Reykjavík, had witnessed a bus driver—in that instance, on route 1—attack another boy who had thrown a snowball at his bus.

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