Boxing Day took on new meaning, when a passenger allegedly punched a bus driver in the head Dec. 26.
After stopping the bus at Douglas Street and Boleskine Road last Wednesday, the 54-year-old driver was assisting a wheelchair-bound passenger exit through the front ramp when a 21-year-old man attempted to push through and leave through the same exit at the same time.
Despite being asked to leave through the rear exit, the assailant again attempted to push his way past. The bus driver blocked his attempts and the young man struck him in the face.
The bus driver and the assailant tumbled to the floor in the ensuing struggle. Pedestrians and bus passengers stopped the suspect and held him until Saanich police arrived.
The bus driver was treated for minor injuries.