OR bus driver accused of berating mom, crying baby



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s largest transit agency says it’s investigating a complaint that one of its drivers berated a woman and her crying baby into getting off a bus.

Fellow passenger Jennifer Chapman says she overheard the driver say, “I can’t drive with that noise.”

TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch says drivers are not supposed to eject passengers from “vulnerable populations,” including women transporting children.

Chapman says the baby wasn’t that loud and the other passengers also got off at a stop in the Portland suburb of Hillsboro in protest Thursday night.

Fetsch says she’s unsure whether the bus was equipped with a video camera.

TriMet declined to identify the driver, who has been put on administrative leave. The driver has been with the transit agency for 10 years.