TriMet bus driver stabbed in Oregon City

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Updated: October 3, 2012, 5:36 PM

 

PORTLAND — Police say a TriMet bus driver was attacked and stabbed by a passenger in Oregon City during fighting touched off by racial slurs.

Oregon City police said the attacker was shouting the slurs late Tuesday, but it wasn’t clear at whom. The driver managed to pull over. The attacker and another passenger fought outside the bus, the police say, and then the violence spread inside.

The police say three passengers were injured, two stabbed five times and the third bitten. The driver was stabbed in the stomach. The police said all are in Portland hospitals and expected to live.

Police used a stun gun to subdue the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Austin William Vanhagen. He was booked on assault and weapons charges.