New Jersey bus driver charged with locking passenger in vehicle's luggage compartment

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CONNECTICUT -

A bus driver from New Jersey has been charged with locking a passenger in the vehicle's luggage compartment.

Connecticut state police received a 911 call Sunday around 4 p.m. from a woman who said she was deliberately locked in the luggage compartment of a Peter Pan bus during a trip from New York City to Boston.

Authorities tracked the call and pulled the bus over on Interstate 84 in Union, Connecticut.

The woman told authorities a female driver locked her inside while she retrieved items from her bag.

"She was locked in there and called 911 and only then could people in the front hear her banging for help," says bus passenger Caroline Van Allen.

Police charged Wendy Alberty, 49, of Roselle, with unlawful restraint and other offenses. Alberty was not driving at the time, but was on the bus as a passenger.

She was freed on $2,000 bail.

Her case wasn't listed in court records and it's unclear if she has a lawyer.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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