Muni bus fight prompts investigation

October 8, 2009 6:53:07 PM PDT
A San Francisco Muni bus driver is under investigation for not reporting a violent fight between two women on the 20 Columbus Wednesday morning. A passenger captured the whole thing on his cell phone camera.

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It's not nearly as bad as some of the surveillance video the I-Team has shown you over the past two years of Muni passengers and drivers behaving badly. But the video has been a big hit on the Internet today.

An argument between the women quickly escalated into a violent confrontation until another passenger stepped in to break it up. There were no serious injuries.

RAW VIDEO: Passenger fight on Muni bus

Muni officials are investigating why the driver didn't report the fight.

"In general, our operators are required by our rulebook to report any assault that is occurring on a vehicle, or anything that's unduly disruptive," said True.

Muni's rules state that in the event of a fight or some other major disruption, drivers have to stop the bus and radio central control, who calls the police. True says that didn't happen in this case.

"Any Muni employee that would see something like an assault going on and not report it, that's not appropriate, and we would handle that as we should," said Muni spokesperson Judson True.

It is the latest investigation in a long list since the I-Team went to court in 2007 to get access to Muni's surveillance videos. We've seen passengers attack each other, passengers attack drivers, and drivers going after passengers.

Municipal Transportation Agency Chief Nat Ford has promised to take action, and it appears they are acting quickly in this latest incident.

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