BEACON TRANSCRIPT – It’s not your everyday cup of coffee to participate in a reenactment of the movie „Speed”. But it would seem that something similar happened yesterday in New York, and the parties involved in this reenactment were an innocent bus and a woman who was told to put out a cigarette. According to the witnesses, a disgruntled ex-MTA employee hotwired the M101 bus yesterday morning at around 8 a.m.
Who would have imagined that their morning trip to work will turn out to be the script for the script for the next “Speed” movie? Not the passengers taking the M101 ride that’s for sure. Here are the main facts of the case, according to the testimonies of several witness and NYPD’s press statements.
Yesterday morning, an unidentified woman boarded the bus. A couple of minutes later, while the bus stopped at 96th Street in order to pick up passengers, the unknown woman lit up a cigarette. Naturally, the bus driver observed the smoke coming from the back of the bus and left his seat in order to investigate.
After discovering the source of the smoke, the driver asked the woman to put out the cigarette and to get off the bus. According to the drive’s testimony, the woman first became agitated and started to threaten the bus driver.
Several minutes later, after communicated with the command center, the bus driver supervised the transfer of the other passengers to another ride. Once the transfer was complete, the woman jumped from her seat and made her way to the driver’s seat, taking the bus for a little joyride.
Now, according to the police, it would seem that the assailant managed to drive three blocks with the hijacked bus before being stopped. The police managed to apprehend her after another bus driver blocked the M101 bus at the corner of 100th Street and Third Avenue.
As the bus was stopped, the other bus driver managed to pry open the door. Once he was in the cockpit, he was able to disable the bus, long enough for the police to apprehend the wannabee hijacker.
In a few moments, the NYPD arrived and took the woman into custody. According to their press statement, the woman was identified as being a 34-year-old former bus driver. It would seem that the woman had been pink-slipped from her job in January 2015 for extended absence.
Disgruntled ex-MTA employee hotwired the M101 bus but was stopped three blocks away after another bus driver managed to cut off her path. The former bus driver has been taken to the Metropolitan Hospital, where the doctors will evaluate her condition.
For now, the police force is unable to tell whether official charges will be filed against her or not.