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Published on May 21, 2024
Nashville Bus Driver Injured in Stabbing, Passenger Charged with Attempted HomicideSource: Unsplash/ Hobi industri

An unsettling episode unfolded in East Nashville when a WeGo bus driver was allegedly stabbed by a passenger, prompting law enforcement action and community concern. The 54-year-old female driver experienced a terrifying confrontation after stopping her bus near Broadmore Drive and Gallatin Pike, as reported by WKRN.

The incident, which occurred around noon, began when 30-year-old Dericka Scivally boarded the bus in an agitated state. Metro police outlined that after being asked by the driver to quiet down, Scivally's behavior escalated. She allegedly pulled out a kitchen knife and threatened the driver's life. During the resulting struggle, the driver was stabbed in the hands; however, her injuries were described as non-life threatening, according to investigators, "We are deeply saddened by today's Incident," WeGo said in a statement obtained by FOX 17.

Scivally reportedly fled the scene on foot but was later arrested on Gallatin Pike at the Briley Parkway overpass. She has been charged with attempted homicide, as per the Metro Nashville Police Department. During the attack, approximately 12 passengers were aboard the bus, though there were no reports of other injuries as confirmed by police.

The violent outbreak sent ripples through the local community. Caitlin Doyle, the owner of a nearby vintage clothing shop expressed her shock to WSMV. "That’s terrifying that makes me so sad because public transportation is so important in this city, and I think something like this is going to affect people feeling comfortable using public transportation," she said. Meanwhile, WeGo has reiterated its commitment to passenger safety and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation while supporting the injured bus driver.