PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Port Authority bus driver is out of surgery after police say he was stabbed six times by a passenger.

The driver, whose name has not been released, suffered wounds to his chest and stomach and lost a lot of blood.

Port Authority spokesperson Jim Ritchie says the driver told the passenger to tone it down because he was causing a commotion that was disturbing other riders. When the passenger mouthed back, Ritchie says the driver told him to get off the bus.

Ritchie says that’s when the passenger spit on the driver, things got physical and the driver was stabbed six times.

The suspect ran off where the bus had stopped at 5th and Market downtown. There were as many as 30 riders on the bus at the time.

After surgery, the driver is listed as stable.

The Port Authority has released surveillance images of the suspect, as well as three women believed to be with the man. Police only want to talk to the women.

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