Passengers Smoking Pot Leads to Texas Train Attack

'Everything just went from 0 to 100'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2017 6:23 PM CDT
Updated Aug 3, 2017 12:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – A man says he was beaten until he was unconscious Sunday night after asking a group of fellow passengers to stop smoking marijuana on a Dallas train, CBS DFW reports. "I'm like come on man. We're on the train ... You got other people on here who don't want to smell all that," 44-year-old Kennan Jones tells WFAA. In response, the group—five men and two women—attacked Jones with fists, feet, and a skateboard. The fight, which lasted nearly three minutes, was recorded by another Dallas Area Rapid Transit passenger with a cellphone, Fox 4 reports. After starting on the DART train, the attack continued at one of the stops, with two men who had been on the platform joining in on beating Jones.

Jones suffered bruised ribs and a black eye but says he's lucky to be alive. "Everything just went from 0 to 100," he tells CBS. No one tried to help Jones during the attack, including the passenger who filmed the beating and told Fox he was too afraid to get involved. Jones says he's upset with the conductor of the DART train for driving off while the attack continued on the platform instead of staying and contacting police. DART spokesperson Mark Ball says it's unclear if the conductor actually saw the fight. Ball says DART and police are investigating and trying to identify the attackers. “For [Jones] to have stood up for DART and our policies and then to be hurt by that is a tragedy,” Ball tells CBS. (Read more Dallas stories.)

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