Bus driver injured when woman throws caustic liquid during fare card dispute
Harrison and Damen in Chicago (Photo illustration, Chicago Tribune)
The incident happened at about 6 p.m. as the bus was stopped at the intersection of Harrison Street and Damen Avenue, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien.
The bus was stopped as people were getting on when an argument between the driver and the woman broke out after the woman's CTA fare card was reported to be expired, O'Brien said.
After the two argued, the woman was getting off the bus when she turned around and threw the liquid -- believed to be rubbing alcohol -- on the man's face, hitting his eyes, officials said.
The driver then got off the bus, and as he attempted to hold the woman for police the woman and the man scuffled, O'Brien said.
Police showed up and the both the woman and the man were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, police said.
The man's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to police.
Charges against the woman are pending.