Upset Passenger Burns CTA Driver with Hot Coffee

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013  |  Updated 10:58 AM CDT
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A CTA bus driver was injured Friday when an angry passenger threw hot coffee on the driver’s face at the Jefferson Park bus terminal, police said.

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A CTA bus driver was injured Friday when an angry passenger threw hot coffee on the driver’s face at the Jefferson Park bus terminal, police said.

The incident happened around 9:58 p.m. in the 4900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue at the Jefferson Park bus terminal, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

The passenger accused the driver of the 85A/North Central Avenue bus of not stopping to pick him up, CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis said.

The driver explained to the customer that he was standing at a non-service stop when the customer got upset, Lukidis said.

“He was not standing at a point where any bus would pick him up,” Lukidis said.

The customer then threw hot coffee on the driver’s face, causing severe injuries, officials said.

The driver was originally transported to Resurrection Medical Center, but was later transferred to Loyola Medical Center, Lukidis said.

The driver’s condition at the Loyola Medical Center burn unit remains unknown, Mirabelli said.

Police said a person is in custody in connection with the incident.

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