Man Punches Port Authority Bus, Gets Run Over

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Witnesses say a combination of booze and anger led to a bizarre accident in downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon.

A man was punching a Port Authority bus and attempted to get on it before being hit by the bus.

The accident happened in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh near the intersection of Liberty and Wood just before rush hour.

Witnesses say the young man was with a woman trying to catch a bus that was making a turn.

Security guard Ronald Newman saw the whole thing and said the man was arguing with the woman and had a belligerent attitude.

“He was in a very foul mood and this bus right here as it was turning, he jumped in front of the bus, started shouting obscenities at the bus driver,” he described.

The witness says when the bus didn’t stop, the man took more aggressive action.

“As the bus was turning, he decided to take it upon himself to go in the middle of the street with the stroller, start punching the bus, shoulder-charging the bus,” Newman said. “I saw the whole thing.”

“Next thing I know the stroller gets crunched under the wheel and I guess he got hit by the rear wheel because he went down like a sack of potatoes,” Newman said.

A Port Authority spokesman said the man is hospitalized, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

The accident remains under investigation by Port Authority police.


One Comment

  1. karen simons says:

    Seriously, in 2011 that’s the best post you can come up with.Maybe mention he was a drunk or argumentative or abusive?

  2. Mike says:

    I was on scene and called 911. There were busted toys in the street. I dont care if he was drunk or not, bottom line, THE BUS HIT HIM. He was pushing a stroller that THANK GOD didnt have a BABY in it! And all the crowd could do was film it for you tube. I hope I never get injured in PGH, though I’ve lived here my whole life, the crowds reaction and now the story and comments on line? I never realised how many bloodthirsty vultures there are in this city.

    1. Carrie says:

      I agree on both counts! I heard second hand accounts of bad Port Authority drivers and I’ve witnessed a few close calls myself. Furthermore, Port Authority is notorious for not paying out for wrongful injuries…it’s always someone else’s fault.

      I wouldn’t say the people of Pittsburgh are “bloodthirsty vultures” though. I think close-minded racists is a bit more accurate.

  3. Punching Paul says:

    I punched a bus once in South Africa. It gave me AIDS.

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