PASCO, Washington (AP) – A school bus driver was stabbed after he picked up students from a Washington state elementary school and died of his injuries at a hospital, police said.
Students at Longfellow Elementary in the city of Pasco were already on the bus Friday when a man got on and attacked the driver, Police Capt.Bill Parramore said. After the assault, the driver lost control of the bus, driving on the sidewalk and crashing into some hedges near the school.
The children on the bus and on the school grounds were taken to the school building, Parramore said, and the suspect was still at the scene when officers arrived.
He was detained without incident, police said. The driver was taken to a hospital, where he died.
No students were injured in the attack and the school called parents to pick up their children, Parramore said. Police did not release details about the motive for the stabbing.
“Pasco police detectives will process the crime scene overnight,” Parramore told reporters Friday night. “The Pasco Police Department will work closely with the Pasco School District through this investigation.”
He said no additional information will be released until Monday.
“We are devastated by the tragic loss of one of our own,” Pasco School District Superintendent Michelle Whitney wrote on Facebook. “Our focus at this time is to support our students and staff who are deeply affected by this tragedy.”
Whitney said counselors will be available over the weekend and next week for students and staff.
“Events like these can trigger strong and unexpected emotional reactions. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor or principal if you or your child need support, ”Whitney wrote.