Bus drivers barraged

Bus fire, knife-point robbery and rock throwing are some of the hazards east coast bus drivers faced this week

October 10, 2012

Bus fire, knife-point robbery and rock throwing are a few of the occupational hazards some east coast bus drivers have had to
face this week.

Most recently,
a bus reportedly caught fire this morning at Helensvale on the Gold Coast after it pulled over with smoke coming from the engine.

Large flames engulfed the Surfside bus before fire crews arrived and extinguished the blaze.

The driver, who was carrying no passengers at the time of the incident, escaped unharmed.

Meanwhile, a bus driver was robbed at knifepoint at Bidwill in Sydney’s west on Sunday.

The driver stopped the bus to pick up two men outside a Carlisle Avenue Hotel.

Police says once on board one of the men produced a knife and the other demanded the driver hand over cash.

The pair then fled the scene, according to police.

In a separate incident on at Merrimac on the Gold Coast on October 5, a rock was thrown at a bus window.

Police says the bus was travelling along Highfield Drive in Merrimac when the rock smashed its windscreen.

The bus driver and the passengers on the bus were unharmed.

Police says two males were seen running along Highfield Drive after the bus had stopped.

On the same day a woman was allegedly indecently assaulted on a bus in inner-Sydney.

woman and her husband had boarded a city-bound STA bus on Anzac Parade, Kensington,
the woman was allegedly groped from behind by an unknown man.

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