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Terrified passengers were forced to take evasive action as a man used traffic equipment to smash windows on an Adelaide metropolitan bus on Thursday morning.
Video footage taken by one of the commuters shows a man smashing the driver's window and pulling the glass out onto the road at Glenelg East.
A woman on the bus is heard saying "someone needs to call the police, we're in danger".
The person filming the incident retreats towards the back of the bus, amid the sound of more glass smashing and cries of "get down".
Police responded to the incident about 7:30am, and said the man responsible had been detained for a mental health assessment.
The Transport Workers' Union (TWU) described the attack as symptomatic of growing violence against bus drivers and commuters across Adelaide.
Witness Lauren told ABC Radio Adelaide that the man had run into traffic at the Brighton Road and Diagonal Road intersection near Glenelg Primary School.
She said he then grabbed speed limit signs and started throwing them at vehicles.
"It is a bit scary, I'm just glad there was no kid around at the time," she said.
A car was also damaged in the incident on Thursday morning.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Spence Denny)Before patrols arrived, members of the public detained the 37-year-old man from Glenelg South.
He was taken into police custody and then to Flinders Medical Centre, by ambulance crews, for a mental health assessment.
"The man is currently undergoing surgery in hospital after he received several cuts to his arms during the incident," police said.
"He will remain in hospital under a seven-day mental health assessment and once cleared will then be interviewed by police over this morning's incident, with charges of property damage and assault likely."
Driver was 'terrorised'TWU senior branch official Matt Burnell said the incident was "horrific", and follows recent similar attacks which put driver and passenger safety at risk.
"We've got a driver that's been terrorised by a member of the public, but also we've got passengers on board that have been left fairly shaken by all of this," Mr Burnell said.
"I can only feel for the driver who was probably in a state of shock at that point in time, worrying about the safety of his passengers but also the safety of himself."
Diagonal Road in Glenelg East where a man went on a rampage amidst traffic and damaged a bus.(ABC News: Mahalia Carter)Mr Burnell said there had been an escalation in violence against bus drivers and described the current situation as a "bus driver safety crisis".
Police on Thursday revealed a cyclist will face court over an assault on a bus driver at Marion Shopping Centre on June 3.
"A cyclist allegedly witnessed an act of poor driving by a bus driver on Diagonal Road at Sturt," police said.
"He has then followed the bus into the Marion Shopping Centre, confronting the male driver in the doorway of the bus and striking him in the face.
"The bus driver then retreated onto the bus, with the male cyclist following him making further attempts to assault the bus driver by again hitting him in the face."
Mr Burnell said a recent union survey showed 40 per cent of respondents believed driving had become more dangerous and nine per cent had been assaulted in the last three months.
"This is probably the most serious escalation we've seen … this is really alarming," he said.
"Bus drivers are essential workers at the end of the day, and they deserve to be able to come to work and feel safe."
Bus drivers have become increasingly vulnerable to attack, the union says.(ABC News: Dean Faulkner)In May, a bus driver was assaulted at Paralowie when a passenger reached past a small safety screen to hit him over the head with a beer bottle.
A man was charged with aggravated assault over the incident, and the TWU has urged the SA Government to install larger safety screens.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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