Five College Consortium Response to May 2 PVTA Incident

Police and transit officials report that on May 2, on a PVTA B43 bus traveling from Northampton to Amherst, a rider attacked, unprovoked, two other passengers on the bus who were unknown to her. The driver immediately stopped the bus and, along with other passengers, disarmed the attacker and restrained her until police arrived. The two passengers who were attacked suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated and released from Cooley-Dickinson Hospital. They are both UMass students. The driver sustained minor injuries. According to the PVTA, preliminary reports indicate that all proper emergency response procedures were followed for the incident and that emergency response officials from the town of Hadley were contacted immediately. The PVTA also noted that its longtime employees in Hampshire County have indicated that nothing like this has happened on a PVTA bus in the decades that they have worked here. The Five College Consortium and its member campuses wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured, and our thanks to the driver, passengers and Hadley police officers who disarmed and restrained the attacker.