A bus driver from Washington state was fatally attacked on Friday in front of students of elementary schools.
The driver was carrying students from Longfellow Elementary, Pasco, Washington. An older man boarded the bus and began to stab the driver. NBC News affiliate NBC Right Now reported.
The driver lost control of his bus and crashed into some trees, according to the Tri-City Herald reported.
The suspect, who was not identified, waited on the scene for police arrival and was taken into custody. The driver was taken to the local hospital and declared dead.
No children suffered any physical injuries in the incident, NBC Right Now reported.
Michelle Whitney, Pasco School District Superintendent, wrote to her families stating that the incident had left the community devastated and that counselors would be available to students and staff.
” We are deeply affected by the tragic loss and grief of one of our students,” Whitney stated in a statement. “Our current focus is to support our students and staff, who have been deeply affected by this tragedy. “
Pasco Mayor Saul Martinez stated that he was in deep shock at the “senseless death” the bus driver.
” Tragedies such as Friday’s loss are hard to understand,” Martinez stated. “My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by this tragedy, particularly the family of the driver. Although it is true that children are our most valuable resource, Friday’s incident proved this frighteningly. “
Martinez said that police would continue to investigate the stabbing. According to the Herald, officials said that they would release more information Monday.