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Bus hits tree as driver is fatally stabbed by passenger

May 7, 2010 |  3:21 pm

A San Bernardino County public transit bus driver was fatally stabbed by a passenger Friday morning as the bus he was driving reached a busy intersection in Rialto, police said.

The motive for the killing is under investigation. But authorities said they have arrested a suspect who witnesses said was armed with a knife and fled the bus after it crashed into a tree.

“He ran into a Bank of America, threw the knife down and then ran into a Stater Bros. supermarket,” said Lt. Joe Cirilo of the Rialto Police Department. “He laid down on the floor and was taken into custody by Stater Bros. employees.”

The suspect's name was not released.

The driver, who was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, police said.

The bus was traveling between San Bernardino and Fontana.

--Ching-Ching Ni