An argument over the fare on NJ Transit’s #27 bus turned ugly yesterday in Newark. From the Star Ledger…
Newark police have filed aggravated assault charges against the passenger, Benjamin Gainous, 35, of Irvington. Gainous struck the driver in the face with his cane, causing an injury to his left eye, NJ Transit officials said. Authorities also said they were considering charges against the driver, whose name has not been released.
The bus driver suffered serious trauma to his eye and was being treated at University Hospital in Newark, while the passenger declined treatment for minor facial injuries, police said.
The bus was heading north, on its route into Bloomfield, at about 11:10 a.m. when the fight occurred near the intersection of Broad and Market streets. NJ Transit officials said there were between 20 and 25 riders on the bus. They were transferred to another bus after the incident.