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Lucky Bus Driver

January 6, 2009 - Heather Ziegler
The OVRTA bus driver who was stabbed allegedly by a homeless man at the Intermodal Center on Monday is more than a lucky guy-- he 's pretty smart, too. It seems his safety and security training paid off as the situation could have been a lot worse if he hadn't been observant to his surroundings. It allowed him to get away from his attacker before he could do more serious harm. We don't know too much about the alleged assailant but he has been called homeless. Anyone who has worked with homeless folks knows there are many who have mental or emotional issues that keep them on the streets. They don't cope so well in confined places or with rigid rules. This time it proved violent but please don't think all homeless people are dangerous. I do use caution in the early mornings when I am walking into the newspaper building as there are street people about sometimes. It's the fear of the unknown. I'm glad the bus driver is OK but I hope the homeless guy gets the help he needs as well.


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