A CTA bus driver was seriously injured when a passenger at the Jefferson Park bus terminal threw hot coffee in the driver's face after accusing the driver of failing to pick him up earlier, authorities said.
The driver was injured at the Jefferson Park transit center, 4917 N. Milwaukee Avenue, about 10 p.m., said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan, citing preliminary information.
A passenger threw coffee in the driver's face, and the passenger was arrested, Sullivan said. The driver was being treated at the Loyola University Medical Center's burn unit, Sullivan said.
The driver of the 85A/North Central Avenue bus was at the terminal, but in service, when the passenger got on and accused the driver of passing him up on the street earlier, said CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis.
The driver explained to the customer that where the customer had wanted to be picked up was not a stop, so the driver hadn't realized the customer wanted to be picked up there, Lukidis said. The customer then got angry and threw hot liquid, apparently coffee, on the driver, Lukidis said.
"This is a pretty rare instance" of a passenger injuring a CTA driver following a dispute, Lukidis said.
The driver initially was taken to Resurrection Medical Center, but was later transfered to Loyola, Lukidis said. An updated condition for the driver was not available this morning.