Detroit bus driver complains on video about dangerous passenger then dies days later

Posted at 7:17 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 19:17:58-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The video of Jason Hargrove is gut-wrenching. It has become his living legacy during the coronavirus pandemic that has turned Detroit into a national hot spot.

Jason was a DDOT bus driver. He talks about how he picked up a female rider who was openly coughing exposing him and several other passengers.

He posted it on March 21. He died last night.

There is some rough language in the video as Jason tells how he’s mad at the reckless woman passenger but worked as a professional and didn’t say anything.

Glenn Tolbert is the bus drivers’ Union President. He says many drivers still don’t feel safe.

Bus drivers staged a work stoppage on March 17 that led to having passengers enter buses through the back door and ride for free.

Mayor Mike Duggan says he watched the video and it’s hard not to cry.

The mayor says the city and police will be more aggressive with people who fail to follow safety measures and social distancing.

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