Public transportation in a major French city was almost completely shut down when employees went on strike to protest dangerous working conditions after a tram driver was brutally attacked this week, according to reports.
The disturbing incident unfolded at around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Grenoble, the largest city in the department of Isère.
A female driver had exited a train and was walking along a platform when she was ambushed by a male assailant who kicked and punched her before fleeing.
The victim, approximately 40 years old, was found laying on the ground by fellow employees of M TAG, the local public transit company, Le Dauphine reports.
She was rushed to hospital in a state of shock with non-life threatening injuries.
In response, multiple unions called for an immediate strike by transportation workers in the city.
Operation of all tram lines and most bus routes was suspended indefinitely.
"After a recent series of criminal acts, altercations, assaults on our staff, and stone throwing or paintballing at our vehicles, this assault is the straw that broke the camel's back," Philippe Charvy, managing director of M TAG, announced in a statement.
"What happened is deplorable, but we must also think of our users and we will convene the unions quickly to take stock with them and ensure that bus and tram traffic resumes as soon as possible."