Passenger Allegedly Set Bus Driver On Fire, Killing Him
A bus driver has died in horrific circumstances in Moorooka on Brisbane’s south side.
Police say the 29-year-old was killed after a passenger poured flammable liquid over him before setting it alight.
The driver was stopped at a shopping centre bus stop at around 9.00am when the incident occurred.
Police have confirmed at least six people suffered smoke inhalation while the man in custody sustained minor burns.
Superintendent Jim Keogh told reporters that any suggestion of terrorism had been discarded, describing it as a “needless act”.
“There’s no apparent motive at this point in time, certainly there was no issue of robbery raised,” he said.
“This will go on for quite a while, it’s a homicide investigation this side of the street will be shut down and a major incident room commenced at Dutton Park criminal investigation branch.”
He said there was a “substantial fire” that the driver would have had “little chance” of surviving.
“We have a 48-year-old gentleman in police custody at the moment – he is assisting us with our inquiries,” he said.
“We are speaking to passengers, as you can imagine they are traumatised,” he said.
“Both the passengers that were on the bus and the passengers at the footpath waiting to get onto the bus – so we are providing assistance in that regard.”
Witnesses have described how the whole event occurred as young children watched on.
Talking to the ABC, one lady told how she helped passengers get off the bus.
“They were lucky to survive,” she said.
“[They were] just small children, [their] mum was screaming.”
Detours are in place for inbound traffic on Beaudesert Road with drivers being urged to avoid the area.
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