The Toronto Star obtained scores of occupational injury and disease reports filed in the last several months by drivers from two TTC divisions. They provide a grim snapshot of life behind the wheel.
One driver, who got a gob of spit in the face Nov. 23, 2007, worried about a communicable disease. A few days before that, a driver reported an "unidentified male showed me a gun as he was leaving the bus." This driver said she later had trouble sleeping. Eighteen-year veteran Chris, of the TTC’s Queensway division, said he’d rather take a punch than suffer again what happened last August.
Chris says he was verbally sparring with a rider who had insulted a blind passenger.
"Just as I turned away, he grabs me, pulls toward me, horks a loogie on me like you wouldn’t believe," Chris said. "I didn’t tell my kids. It’s degrading. I would have rather taken a punch."