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Bus driver beaten after telling man not to smoke

City police are investigating the beating of a bus driver by a passenger on Monday.

Witnesses said the driver was attacked after he asked the passenger to stop smoking onboard a bus route No. 950. The driver, Yin Weizhong, suffered light injuries to his right hand and arm, said the city bus operator, Shanghai Bashi Co. Yin left the hospital after treatment, said a spokesman with the company.

Police are looking for the passenger after viewing surveillance video. The passenger, described as a male in his 20s, used a baton-like device during the hitting, police said. The incident happened about 2pm on Monday as the bus drove from the terminal in Jiading District.

The male passenger boarded the bus while smoking, said the bus company. He waved the club and hit Yin, who defended himself with his hands.

As the dispute escalated, said the driver, "I opened the bus doors and let passengers off."

However, as Yin and other bus staff rushed to corner the passenger, the man brandished a knife, according to the company.

The attacker then fled and is still at large, police said late yesterday.

A blog user claiming to be Yin's daughter posted injury pictures online, attracting public attention and reminding people this wasn't the first assault on a bus driver.

A man was dealt 3 1/2 years in prison last fall for beating a female bus driver in May. The man had unleashed his rage on the driver after he failed to get off at a stop in time.


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