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Second arrest in MBTA driver attack

A 15-year-old Hyde Park girl was arrested in an assault on an MBTA bus driver by more than a dozen people last weekend, Transit Police said Thursday.

The arrest is the second in the attack, in which authorities say a group of teenagers flagged down a Route 16 bus on Columbia Road in Dorchester on March 9, stormed the bus, and beat the 53-year-old driver while another group attacked the MBTA driver from outside, through the bus window.

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Because detectives are continuing to investigate the crime and identify other perpetrators, officials are not releasing information about how the 15-year-old was caught, said MBTA spokeswoman Kelly Smith.

On Wednesday, police arrested Albert Galloway, 18, of Roxbury after an anonymous tipster told a Transit Police officer he heard Galloway talking about beating up the driver.

Police later found a Twitter account they believe belongs to Galloway and a post that read, “My hands hurt from last night.”

During his arraignment Wednesday, Galloway pleaded not guilty to several charges, including assault and battery. He was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail.

His attorney, Andrea ­McGeehan, said her client was riding on the Route 16 bus and punched the driver, but only because he was also being attacked by the group. McGeehan said that ­after being struck from behind, Galloway wheeled around and threw a punch that mistakenly landed on the bus driver.

But Joseph F. O’Connor, Transit Police superintendent in chief, said Wednesday that Galloway’s claim of self-defense is not supported by video footage from a nearby building that caught some of the alter­cation.

The driver, who was punched and kicked by the assail­ants and who has not been named to protect his identity, was taken to Boston ­Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

The 15-year-old Hyde Park girl is expected to be arraigned Friday in Dorchester Juvenile court.

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