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Metro bus driver attacked at the wheel; passengers grab suspect

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A Metro bus driver was attacked at the wheel early Monday morning, according to officials. The incident occured near LAX just before 2:30 a.m.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority representative Rick Jager told the AP that the bus driver was struck on the head multiple times by a male passenger who tried to take control the wheel. The attack was stopped by several passengers who grabbed the alleged assailant. 

The suspect, along with a number of passengers, hit the windshield when the driver applied the brakes during the scuffle. 

About a dozen passengers were on board at the time of the attack. One was treated for cuts; the suspect was was treated for leg pain and arrested on suspicion of carjacking. 

A motive for the episode was not immediately clear.

In May, Metro bus driver Alan Thomas was killed in a shotgun attack on a West Hollywood route after a passenger allegedly pulled a weapon from a suitcase shortly after boarding the vehicle.