Bus takeover ends near Waskatenau
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Police are saying a dangerous incident involving a bus taken hostage ended peacefully near Waskatenau on Friday. Mounties say they received a call at about midnight that day that a bus making it’s way from Fort McMurray to Edmonton had been stopped and turned around after a man brandishing a broken beer bottle threatened the driver.
The RCMP says the bus began to make it’s way back down Highway 28 while police from Morinville tracked it. A negotiator with the RCMP Emergency Response Team talked to the suspect and eventually got him talked off the bus near Waskatenau at around 1:50 AM.
Mounties say no one was hurt and at no time was the bus driven in a way that could harm traffic.
The 35-year-old suspect remains in police custody with charges pending.