A Greyhound bus crashed Thursday morning after a rider allegedly attacked the bus driver. Maquel Donyel Morris, 25, allegedly attacked the driver and grabbed the wheel as the bus traveled east along Interstate 10, near the town of Tonopah according to ABC News.
The accident happened around 1:45 am about 50 miles west of Phoenix Arizona. Bart Graves, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS) said that they “believe he was under the influence of narcotics. We believe he was high.”
The Washington Post stated that Morris allegedly screamed, “everybody’s going to die,” before grabbing the wheel and then pummeled the driver. Earlier reports stated that more than half of the 40 or so passengers on board where hurt, including three who were airlifted to a Phoenix hospital.
Reports now say that of the 46 bus passengers, 24 were transported to various hospitals in the Phoenix area. The three who had to be airlifted were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, one of them had been the passenger who had tried intervening in the attack.
“Everybody is jumping and flying and screaming,” passenger Susana Ordinola, 48, of San Bernardino, California, said of the ordeal.
Earlier today, The Inquisitr reported on another accident, this one taking place on a snowy Indiana highway which involved at least 15 semis. This accident has so far left at least two people dead. According to the report, the deadly chain reaction multi-vehicle accident happened on Thursday, during heavy snowfall and extremely poor visibility and forced authorities to close down I-94 near Michigan City.
“When we first came to a stop, it was a complete white out,” Dixie Juchcinski told NBC 5 about five miles from the crash in stand-still traffic. “It was kind of a surprise to us because we could only see one or two cars in front of us.”
After the Greyhound bus crash today, Morris and his girlfriend fled from the scene. About 30 minutes later, both emerged from the desert. It was at that point that Highway patrol arrested Morris and transported him to Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. ABC News reported that Morris didn’t suffered from any injuries, but according to Graves, Morris was taken to the hospital because “had so many drugs in his system they had to be flushed out.”
According to a statement from Arizona Department of Public Safety, Morris is likely to face 48 counts of endangerment, 24 counts of assault and three counts of aggravated assault. Graves told reporters that “more charges may be filed after the toxicology report comes back.”
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