MARTA driver under investigation; allegedly drove off with passenger hanging on


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - MARTA officials said a driver, who has been with the agency for more than 10 years, is now under investigation over allegations he dragged a woman while she was halfway on the bus.

Mira Burton, a DeKalb resident, said the driver purposely drove off with her in the door Friday morning.  Burton said she had just run to the Memorial Drive bus stop near the Kensington station.

She said she was catching her breath, had one foot on the bus, and the other on the sidewalk when the driver told her to get on the bus or she would get left.

“He says 'Get on the bus or you're gonna get left' and I said ‘Sir, someone else is coming and he said 'You're about to get left,' and that's when I got drug,” Burton told Channel 2’s Erin Coleman.

Burton said the driver of Route 121 went about 6 feet before stopping.

"I could have been trampled and killed right here," she said.

Coleman obtained cell phone video from passengers who were outraged by what they saw.

“Everyone on the bus was just enraged. They were saying, 'That was wrong you could have killed her,'” Burton said.

Lamare Blue is one of the passengers, who caught the incident on his cell phone.

"He had no remorse. He had no remorse at all," Blue said.

In the video, the bus driver is seen telling Blue to stop recording him.

"I didn't know whether or not she was going to get hurt. I didn't know what the situation was. I just wanted to do something I felt that somebody should have done," Blue said.

Burton said drivers should be more considerate for passengers.

“They should have some type of consideration for our safety, and they should follow those rules,” Burton said.

MARTA officials released a statement saying, ”MARTA takes these allegations very seriously and is conducting a full investigation. The bus operator has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”

Burton said the investigation gives her some comfort because she wants to make sure such an incident doesn’t happen again.