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A passenger riding a Winnipeg Transit bus pulled out an axe Friday night, raising more concerns for drivers, says the president of the union that represents bus operators.

The incident is the latest in a string of troubling events that have occurred recently on city buses, the union head said Saturday morning.

“I’m very concerned,” said Amalgamated Transit Union president John Callahan. “There’s so many operators right now that are scared.”

Callahan said he got a call late last night from another bus operator who said police arrested a passenger on a bus with an axe.

It’s not yet clear if the passenger intended to threaten the driver or anyone else on the bus with the axe.

The incident comes on the heels of a fatal stabbing that left Winnipeg Transit driver Irvine Jubal Fraser dead after his last stop of the night at the University of Manitoba on Feb. 14.

Since the stabbing, Callahan said there have been other troubling incidents on city buses.

‘People being totally outrageous’

He said that last weekend, a passenger threatened to stab a driver. And earlier on Friday, another passenger was caught with two steak knives in his pockets.

After last weekend’s incident, “the operator called into the control centre very upset,” Callahan said, adding some passengers are “pushing buttons” to make things worse.

“There was a passenger that was asked to scan their transfer by another bus operator and he said, ‘You know what, this is why you guys get killed.’

“Some people are being just totally outrageous in the comments that they’re making in light of such a serious issue.”