Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Apple, Google buses damaged on I-280

Apple, Google buses damaged on I-280

The shuttles do not have identifiable markings on them such as logos to indicate which company charters them but they are still recognizable by their colors.

Photos sent by an anonymous Apple employee to the website Mashable showed the broken windows on Apple employee shuttle buses.

All the buses had passengers on board when the windows were shattered.

"There is nothing confirmed but it is suspected that a pellet gun (or rocks) might have been used in these incidents", the email to the employees said.

Northern California authorities say multiple shuttle buses transporting Apple and Google employees had windows broken with unknown objects while traveling on a highway south of San Francisco on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. There are at least five Apple shuttles with significant damage, while nearby Greyhound bus services have not reported similar incidents, reports SFGate.

California highway patrol public information officer Art Montiel confirmed the incidents. Some believe these buses have become a constant reminder of the gentrification in and around Silicon Valley, however, and they have been the focus of protests in the past. So far, no one has been injured in the attacks.

There have been no reports of injuries as a result of the attacks. Google buses are white, Apple's are silver and Facebook's are blue. The buses were attacked on highway 280, so the company has chose to divert them from that road, even though doing so would extend the commute time by 30-45 minutes in either direction.

The buses are unmarked, so it's unclear if the attack was targeting Apple. The safety of their employees is their first priority as they are working closely with law enforcement to examine these incidents and they will notify their employees as soon as the coaches will be returned to regular route, as said by the company. "It's not like they are hidden".

Protesters have taken issue with the fact that tech companies - which famously pay very lucrative salaries to their many employees - have caused home prices to skyrocket in San Francisco.

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