VANCOUVER, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - The union representing Lower Mainland transit
operators is outraged after a female bus driver was swarmed and beaten and her
bus later burned on Halloween night.
"This is sickening and outrageous," said Canadian Auto Workers Local 111
President Steve Sutherland. "A female bus driver - giving out candy to be nice
to kids - gets swarmed and beaten and later that night there is an arson
attack that destroys the same bus where it was parked after the assault."
"Our members are furious. There were 241 attacks on drivers last year and
the number seems to be going up even higher this year," Sutherland said. "It
is simply disgusting and we have to find a way to put a stop to it."
Sutherland said the union is grateful that passengers on the bus
intervened to stop the swarming attack before it got worse.
"We appreciate that riders came to the aid of the assaulted driver and
thank goodness they did, or it could have been much worse," Sutherland said.
"And we know that riders are equally fed up with attacks on their drivers."
Sutherland said the female driver was at Commercial and Williams streets
in Vancouver at about 10:40 p.m. and had thrown some Halloween candies to a
group of young people in costumes at the bus stop. After the bus door was
closed one of the group banged on it and when the driver opened the door, she
was dragged out and beaten.
About an hour later the parked bus was set on fire with accelerants,
"Torching a bus goes well beyond any other attack we have seen before and
will make our members even more concerned with violence on the job,"
For further information:
For further information: Steve Sutherland at cell (604) 992-1781 or
(604)519-1110 ext *2288; or Bill Tieleman, West Star Communications, at cell
(778) 896-0964 or (604) 844-7827; Website: www.caw111.com