METRO driver stabbed, bus barely misses house

METRO bus 2498 almost struck a home on South Acres Drive -- almost but not quite and that makes Barbara Dick about as fortunate as you can get.

"I didn't hear a thing, I didn't get scared or nothing," said Dick. "When Noah came and told me what happened, I was like 'what!?'" 

What happened is still not 100 percent clear. Apparently, just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, as the bus was traveling westbound on South Acres Drive approaching Martin Luther King Boulevard, a passenger and the driver began arguing. The squabble became ugly and odd.

"The suspect had a knife, handed that knife to the bus operator and then pulled out a second knife and commenced to stabbing the operator," said Lieutenant John Wiggins with the METRO Police Department.

The bus veered of the street, cut across the median and stopped just short of the house. The driver and his attacker tumbled out of the bus. The driver fell down bleeding from wounds to his neck.

Police captured the attacker a few blocks away. It's not clear whether or not he was also wounded. What is clear, however, is that had the driver stomped on the gas pedal and not the brake, nothing could have stopped bus 2498 from plowing through the home on 5459 South Acres Drive and maybe over Barbara Dick. Well, maybe one thing she said.

"God in the name of Jesus, that's who was watching over me," added Dick.

The driver is expected to survive.