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CTA bus driver hit with stun gun, robbed on West Side

A CTA bus driver was rendered immobile by a passenger with a stun gun who robbed her and left her slumped at the wheel of her bus Saturday morning in Columbus Park in the Austin neighborhood, authorities said.

The 40-year-old driver was treated and released from Loretto Hospital after a 20-year-old man noticed her slumped at the wheel of her bus in the 5900 block of West Jackson Boulevard Saturday morning, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

It was believed that the driver of the No. 126/Jackson bus was stunned with a Taser, said CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis.

The man saw the bus at the side of the road, with the driver possibly unconscious at the wheel of the bus, and flagged down the driver of another bus, another woman in her 40s, who called 911 to have emergency crews check on the unresponsive driver, police said.

The injured driver told police she had been headed west on Jackson Boulevard when she picked up a man who, after she had driven a few blocks, began yelling that he needed to get off, police said. At 5900 west, the driver stopped and the man hit her with a Taser several times in the neck, chest, and left arm, then rifled through her pockets and took her cash, police said.

Police were reviewing video footage from the bus to try to get a better description of the robber, who wore a black facemask at the time of the robbery. The injured driver was taken to Loretto Hospital and was treated and released, police said.

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