A Sydney bus driver has been filmed throwing punches in a vicious, yet clumsy road rage fight that stopped traffic at a busy city intersection.
Emergency services were called to the intersection of Elizabeth and Goulburn Streets in Sydney's CBD on Wednesday afternoon at about 12.45pm. Onlookers raised the alarm as a bus driver and a reported private van driver wearing a hi-vis vest exchanged blows in a lengthy fight that began on the road and spilled onto the sidewalk.
Upon arrival authorities were told the ugly altercation between the 47-year-old van driver and 53-year-old bus driver was triggered by an alleged road rage incident, NSW Police said in a statement shared with Yahoo News Australia.
"The 47-year-old fled the scene. The 53-year-old was taken to hospital suffering facial injuries," a police spokesperson said.
Video of the ugly altercation has been published by Nine News. It shows the bus driver throwing kicks and punches at the van driver who continues to advance on him. At one point the van driver is knocked to the ground before getting back up and continuing the fight.
As it spilled onto the sidewalk the bus driver could be seen swinging multiple punches towards at the head of the van driver as he was hunched over.
The altercation reportedly blocked two lanes of traffic and was eventually broken up by members of the public.
Transport NSW told Yahoo News Australia on Thursday that it was assisting with a police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident before it takes potential action against the driver.
"We are in the process of reviewing the CCTV footage and investigating the incident. Police have reported that the other driver fled the scene and the bus driver was taken to hospital with facial injuries," a spokesperson said.
"We’ll continue to assist police with the investigation."
Anyone with information about the incident or further footage of the altercation is urged to contact authorities.
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