By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are trying to track down a man they say hit an MTA bus driver in the head with a piece of wood.

The attack happened around 9 a.m. Tuesday in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

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Police said the man spit on the driver as he was getting off the bus at Clarkson Avenue. The driver followed him off, and they got into an argument.

(Credit: NYPD)

Police said that’s when the suspect hit the driver with a piece of wood he picked up off the ground.

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The 57-year-old driver lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Addressing the assaults and abuse being inflicted on transit workers has to be a higher priority for everyone involved,” Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano said in a statement. “We have asked the NYPD Chief of Patrol to form a special unit to focus only on bus routes and reducing the horrific assaults taking place against Bus Operators – instead of leaving it up to individual precincts. We need a uniformed presence on buses, and greater accountability and responsibility.”

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Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

CBSNewYork Team