Stabbing at school bus yard

January 2, 2008 3:37:39 PM PST
Police are investigating a stabbing at a school bus yard that disrupted the morning for hundreds of students.

It happened in Darby at the yard that houses buses for the William Penn School District.

Authorities tell Action News that 45-year-old supervisor Robert Dix was stabbed in the chest while inspecting damage to one of the buses. He was on the job for only two weeks. He was inside one of the buses inspecting a broken window about an hour before drivers were to start rolling to pick up students. "Upon reaching the bus, he was struck in the back of the head, and then stabbed," Chief Robert Smythe of the Darby Borough Police said.

Dix survived and has been released after being treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for his injuries.

The Federal Police Chief said that there were dozens of potential witnesses among the assembled employees at the scene.

Police have questioned bus drivers, but at this point they have no leads.

There was no bus service for the Williams Penn School District this morning, because of the criminal investigation, but classes wereheld as usual.

"Darby police said, 'You're not sending the buses out this morning,'" Joe Otto of the William Penn School District told Action News.

A lot of students toughed the bitter air and got to school without the aid of bus service.