Greyhound bus driver stays calm amid stabbing

A suspect was taken into custody

Brent Weisberg, Cole Miller and KOIN 6 News Staff - TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) – A Greyhound bus driver who was stabbed in the neck is lucky to be alive after an attack on board a bus heading to Boise along I-84 Wednesday night.

Driver Clint Lawson's wife, Phyllis Lawson, told KOIN 6 News the attacker, Robert Moran Vasquez, was sitting behind Clint before he lunged through the Plexiglas surrounding Clint, trying to take over the bus.

"The gentleman was stabbing with one hand and grabbing the wheel with the other," she said.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said 2 passengers, Francisco Owens and Stephen Danca, intervened in the attack.

"Without regard for their own personal safety, Owens and Danca forcefully engaged the attacker and the driver was able to safely stop the bus," a statement said. "Without the rapid and heroic actions of the passengers and the driver, a more tragic outcome out have been certain."

Clint kept his cool and was able to steer the bus to the shoulder, where a TriMet bus picked them up and carried them to the Troutdale Policing Community Center.

"He has a family and all those people on the bus had families and he was not going to let any of them get hurt," she said.

Lawson and another victim, who was stabbed in the face and back, were taken to the hospital in ambulances, authorities said. They both suffered non-life threatening injuries, but Clint Lawson's doctors told him the blade went 3 inches in, and if it had cut him a little differently, he wouldn't have made it.

"I think I'm still in a little bit of shock," Phyllis said. "It was just so mind numbing."

Phyllis raced from her Woodburn home to Portland after getting the call that Clint was hurt. He's back home tonight after spending the night in the operating room.

Vasquez, 32, is now behind bars and charged with attempted murder; assault II; and 28 counts of reckless endangerment.

Officials haven't said Vasquez's motives for the stabbing.

Phyllis believes God was watching out for her husband and all the passengers.

"He's just my hero, I mean, that probably sounds corny but he really is," Phyllis said. "He's an amazing man, I wish there were more words I could use."


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