RTA Investigates After Hot Coffee Thrown on Driver

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CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is investigating after someone attacked one of their bus drivers Monday morning.

“There was a fare issue with a customer. When they got to University Circle, the bus operator went in to use the facilities and when he came out, this young man threw supposedly hot coffee at him and it splashed on him and another operator,” said Pat Kearney, with the RTA.

The attack happened Monday morning at the University-Cedar Rapid Station after the bus driver stopped his bus at the loop there.

“It was a male operator. He went to the Clinic and was treated. I understand the burns were kind of severe and he was in some pain. But to the best of our knowledge, he is going to be fine,” added Kearney.

According to the RTA, the male suspect took off and they have no idea who he is.

Now this particular RTA bus did not have cameras on board.

There were not any cameras at the bus stop, either.

Now, transit police are asking anyone with information, who may have witnessed the attack, to come forward.

“It’s just sad. I wouldn’t want to work as a bus driver. But the ones that are working, they probably have to go through a lot,” said Patricia Madison, a rider.

“Our operators are trained to handle situations like these. They are professionals. They know what to do with fare problems. They know what to do with problem passengers. The communication system to our service quality folks or transit authority police is really how they are taught to respond to situations like this,” added Kearney.

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