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June 16, 1991 | GREGORY GARDNER, GREGORY GARDNER considers the bus line his lifeline. He also rides the same RTD bus line on which two people died in a hail of bullets last month. Gardner, an executive assistant for a local theater chain, told The Times:
I always travel by bus. It is a convenient and economical--not to mention an environmentally sound--habit to get into. Of course Los Angeles seems to believe that mass transportation is for an impoverished, unfortunate few and provides the minimum service that a city this size would require.
December 3, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Three Arabs traveling on an Israeli bus Sunday drew knives and stabbed Jewish passengers, slaying one and wounding three before a police officer who happened upon the attack killed one of the assailants. Stunned bystanders looked on as frightened passengers, some dripping blood, poured out of the bus into a busy shopping area in Ramat Gan, a city adjacent to Tel Aviv.
April 28, 1990
A RTD bus slammed into the back of a car on the San Bernardino Freeway in West Covina Friday, sending it into a roll and injuring the car's driver and three bus passengers, authorities said. The driver, Nick Veronica, 30, of El Monte, was in good condition at Queen of the Valley Hospital; the bus passengers were treated and released. The bus was westbound when it slammed into the car about 4:55 p.m., a spokeswoman for the West Covina Fire Department said.
March 15, 1990
A passenger on a Santa Monica city bus decided to take it for a joy ride Wednesday, driving through the city for 15 minutes before parking and going into a restaurant, where he was arrested, police said. Three other passengers were on the bus at 4th Street and Broadway in Santa Monica when the 45-year-old man jumped into the driver's seat at 7:30 p.m. after the regular driver left the bus for undetermined reasons, Sgt. George Cortwright said.
December 6, 1989 | From Times Staff and wire service reports
Thirty-one people died and six were injured when a bus burst into flames after being hit by a truck in the northern state of Chihuahua, state authorities said today. "The truck apparently crossed into the lane carrying oncoming traffic and the bus exploded, catching fire immediately," spokesman Joaquin Olivas said. The accident, which occurred late Monday about 12 miles south of the city of Chihuahua, killed the truck driver and 30 bus passengers.
May 26, 1989 | From Reuters
Municipal bus driver Chauncey Plummer was charged with murder Thursday after he shot a passenger to death in an argument over a $1.50 fare. The dispute Wednesday night started when David Hayden reportedly tried to use another person's bus pass, police said. Witnesses said Hayden punched the driver after he was ordered off the bus.
July 2, 1988 | JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Shirley Ventress: 'We can't really complain about it. Eventually they had to do it. I'm not all bent out of shape.' Bob Teer: 'I don't know if I can express it without getting nasty. RTD--it's never been any good.' Armando Mancia: 'We may start looking for other ways to get around, like a cheap bicycle.' Silvia Alvarado: 'With the wages we earn, it's just not enough. Prices are high and the price I get paid is low.'
April 30, 1988
A 66-year-old man was fatally injured Friday morning when he got off a bus, stepped into heavy traffic and was hit by a pickup truck, police said. Berwyn Racobs of Garden Grove suffered head injuries early Friday morning and was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was pronounced dead at 9:20 a.m, a deputy coroner said. Garden Grove Police Lt.
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