PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A TriMet bus driver was stabbed Wednesday by a man who fled west along Foster Road near SE 94th Avenue.
The driver was on duty, and was stabbed outside the bus driver break-room on Foster Road -- beneath an Interstate 205 overpass. Police and emergency responders reached the driver around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.
"Today's assault, which occurred outside a permanent TriMet layover facility at SE 94th and Foster -- as well as the April attack of another TriMet operator at SE 92nd and Flavel -- are believed to be the acts of transients that frequent homeless camps that have set up along I-205," TriMet reported in a Wednesday statement. "TriMet is immediately increasing security at both assault locations as well as elsewhere in that area."
TriMet also plans to meet with city of Portland and ODOT to "address the transient camps."
The Foster Road break-room stop serves several TriMet bus lines. The driver was operating the line 71 bus.
It's not known if the suspect was a passenger on the bus. The man being sought is white with brown hair, in his mid-30s, wearing black pants and a green T-shirt. He has tattoos on his neck.
Witnesses said the driver was confronted by the suspect before the stabbing. After the stabbing the driver walked to another bus to have that driver call 911, PPB reported.
The driver has been taken to the hospital and has at least two stab wounds. A Portland Police Bureau statement called the injuries non-life-threatening. The driver was listed in fair condition as of 11 p.m. Wednesday.
"While the injuries are non-life threatening, the operator is understandably very upset about the incident...," said TriMet PIO Roberta Altstadt in a statement Wednesday. "Our thoughts go out to the operator and the operator's family. We will assist the operator in receiving needed care."
Portland Police along with Transit Police are investigating.
"What I want to emphasize is that it's obviously, a serious felony case," said Transit Police Lt. Tony Silva. "We have video on the buses and we have video on the platform that shoots this area, so we know we're going to probably capture this guy's image at one of the cameras. We're pulling that feed now and trying to look at what we have."
This is the second stabbing of a TriMet bus driver since April, and the third since October of 2012. Bus drivers tell KOIN 6 News they want to know why there is a disproportionate amount of security on MAX trains, with hardly any security on buses.
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