Nova Scotia

Driver charged after Metro Transit protesters hit

A 55-year-old Tatamagouche man has been charged after two people were hit on the Metro Transit workers' picket line at the Dartmouth bridge terminal on Thursday morning.

A 55-year-old Tatamagouche man has been charged after two people were hit on the Metro Transit workers' picket line at the Dartmouth bridge terminal on Thursday morning.

He was charged with assault with a weapon and was issued a ticket for failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Halifax Regional Police said a man allegedly drove his car slowly though a picket line in a bus lane, striking two people.

The driver was travelling in the bus lane closest to the Scotiabank at Wyse Road and Nantucket Avenue. Metro Transit workers on the picket lines were there blocking off access to and from the bus terminal.

There were no serious injuries.

Tom MacDougall, one of the people hit, told CBC News he saw a fellow protester get hit first.

"He came quickly. He hit a fellow up here at the top, he came down through and I saw him," he said Thursday.

"I was worried about the people who were walking back and forth — they couldn't see him. I tried to slow him down and he hit me."

Adam Francis, a Metro Transit worker who was on the picket line, said he witnessed the hit.

"The next thing I know, Tom was up on top of the hood and hitting the windshield and he sped out on to Wyse, they headed toward the bridge and I ran and chased them down the road and flagged a police officer down," Francis told CBC News.

"That's when the police made contact with him."

Halifax Regional Police Const. Kathryn Willett said officers were called to the scene just before 10:30 a.m.

The 55-year-old man is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court on March 20 to answer to the charge.

The accused has no connection to Metro Transit.

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