Cyclist charged with attacking Brisbane bus driver at depot

A cyclist has been charged with assaulting a bus driver. Courtesy: Brisbane Times

A cyclist has been charged after allegedly following a bus to a Brisbane depot and assaulting the driver.

Police alleged the cyclist, a 46-year-old Kenmore man, followed the driver to the Toowong terminal about 8.35pm on Tuesday after an incident on a nearby road, punching the driver several times.

The man went to Indooroopilly police station on Thursday morning, saying the bus driver had cut him off, a police spokesman said.

On Wednesday, Rail Tram and Bus Union spokesman Tom Brown said the driver believed the cyclist had cut in front of the bus.

The Kenmore man was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, to appear in court on September 16, while the 49-year-old driver was left with cuts and bruises.

CCTV of the incident, released by police on Wednesday night, appeared to show the cyclist pulling up in front of the bus as it pulled into the depot.

The driver left the bus and the cyclist appeared to start swinging punches, with the driver fighting back and the cyclist eventually riding off.

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Police are investigating after a bus driver was allegedly followed by a cyclist into a Brisbane depot and assaulted on Tuesday evening.

The 49-year-old man was driving a council bus along Sylvan Road at Toowong when he overtook a cyclist about 8.35pm, police said.

The cyclist then followed the driver to the Toowong bus depot and allegedly punched the driver in the face several times before riding off.

The driver suffered a cut to his lip and above his eye and on Wednesday morning went to Indooroopilly police station, where he filed a formal complaint.

Earlier on Wednesday, Rail Tram and Bus Union spokesman Tom Brown said according to the bus driver, the cyclist cut in front of the bus.

“He (the driver) said he didn’t know (what happened), all of a sudden this guy cut in front of him and he had to slow down,” Mr Brown said.

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It is understood the driver would be off work for a couple of days.

“He will go for counselling and go to his doctor,” Mr Brown said.

“He was glad we were there to support him today at Toowong when he came down to fill out the paperwork.”

This is the second alleged attack on Brisbane bus drivers in less than a week after a 67-year-old driver was headbutted on a bus at Mount Gravatt East on Saturday night.

Brisbane City Council bus drivers will strike on Thursday between 10am-2pm and 6pm-10pm.

Source: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/bus-driver-allegedly-attacked-at-brisbane-depot-20170830-p4yvn1.html