A CT Transit driver who was fired after a physical altercation with a passenger has been reinstated.
Surveillance video captured the violent attack on CT Transit bus in Hamden on March 4 that led to Knox's firing.
Footage of the incident shows the passenger using a cane to beat the driver. The driver can be seen unbuckling himself, fighting back and then exiting the bus. Minutes later, the driver re-engaged the passenger outside the bus kicking him down onto the street, according to CT Transit.
The bus driver, Stefan Knox, was later terminated from his job, the bus company said. The passenger, William Horn, is facing charges of assault and breach of peace, according to court records.
Ralph Buccitti, the financial secretary and business agent at ATU Local 281, said union leaders filed a grievance on Knox’s behalf. Knox was reinstated and will return to his job Monday.
Buccitti said Knox is a 19-year veteran of the company with a good work history.
CT Transit released the following statement:
“Subsequent to a due process fact finding, the employment of Mr. Knox was reinstated, conditionally, under a “last chance” agreement. This agreement stipulates that any similar disciplinary issues will result in termination.”