Bus Passengers Thwart Attack on Driver, Prevent Major Accident

Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 07:47 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Quick-thinking Greyhound bus passengers overpowered another passenger who attacked their driver and sent the bus careening across a road near Phoenix, injuring more than 23 people but avoiding a crash with oncoming traffic.

Maquel Donyel Morris, 25, was arrested after the incident, an Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer said, according to CNN. Morris reportedly came up behind the bus driver, hit him, and then tried to take over driving the bus, police said.

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“This thing traveled about 300 feet in the median, bouncing up and down, and that’s where the injuries occurred,” Officer Carrick Cook told CNN. “I think the officer (at the scene) said it was about 6 feet from going into oncoming traffic.”

Three people were flown to hospitals with serious injuries, while at least 20 other passengers were taken by road with minor injuries, Arizona Central reported. One person had fractures in the lower body and another had a back injury, CNN said.

Susana Ordinola, a passenger on the bus, told Arizona Central that she saw Morris go to the front of the bus, screaming and hitting at the driver, and a man tried to stop him but fell backwards. Some other people on board managed to get control of the bus and steer it to a stop.

Another person who wasn’t on the bus but who picked up her son who was a passenger told Arizona Central that Morris said passengers were trying to kill him.

When the bus stopped, Morris ran out into the desert, but came back and was detained by police, CNN said.

Phoenix Fox 10 reported that authorities said Morris appeared “to be high on drugs,” and that his girlfriend ran into the desert with him when he ran away. He was being treated at a hospital for drug issues and then will probably be charged.

“I'm just thankful I'm alive. I really thought I was going to die,” passenger Chrissy Sanchez told Fox 10.

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