A bus driver in Washington state was fatally stabbed to death on Friday in front of a group of elementary school students who were riding the bus, according to police.
The unidentified driver was having students from Longfellow Elementary in Pasco, Washington aboard his bus when an elderly man got on and began stabbing the driver, NBC Right Now, an NBC News subsidiary, reported.
The driver then lost control of the bus, jumped over the curb and hit some bushes, the Tri-City Herald reported.
The suspect, who was not identified, waited at the scene for the police to arrive and was taken into custody, according to the Herald. The driver was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
No children were physically injured during the incident, NBC Right Now reported.
In a letter to the families, Michelle Whitney, superintendent of the Pasco School District, said the community was devastated by the incident and that counselors would be available for students and staff.
“We are devastated at the tragic loss of one of our own,” Whitney said in a statement. “Our focus right now is supporting our students and staff who are deeply affected by this tragedy.”
Pasco Mayor Saul Martinez said he was “deeply shocked by the senseless death” of the bus driver.
“Tragedies like the death on Friday are difficult to understand,” said Martinez. âMy thoughts go with everyone who has been affected by this death, especially the driver’s family and the affected students. It’s one thing to say that children are our most precious resource, but the Friday incident made it come true in a very terrifying way. “
Martinez said police will continue to investigate the stabbing. According to the Herald, officials planned to release more information on Monday.