A Greyhound bus overturned early Saturday morning on I75 near Liberty Township in Butler County, Ohio. Fire and rescue teams were called in to help free trapped passengers. In all, 52 people were on the bus, 34 were injured. 28 people were taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. 4 were flown by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital and two were flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital. 16 people have been treated and released as of 2 p.m. Saturday.Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers tell 2 NEWS none of the injuries appear to be life threatening.
A passenger on the bus, bound from Cincinnati to Dayton and then Detroit, tells 2 NEWS he awoke to screaming and saw the bus driver slumped over the wheel. "I heard ladies screaming 'Wake up! wake up!', I looked up and the bus driver looked like he was slumped over. Next thing you know the bus just goes off the road. We rolled at least twice...everybody fell on each other," Chris Link of Flint, Michigan told 2 NEWS.
Link was among the passengers who helped others to safety."I was on my hands and knees letting people step on my back to get up and out," he said. Other passengers helped carry children and injured passengers, he said.
Yahoo reports that the driver, who has been with the company for almost 15 years, had been on duty for an hour and was fully rested, according to Kim Plaskett, a spokeswoman for Dallas-based Greyhound Lines, Inc.
The driver was among the injured, but she said she could not release the person's name or medical condition due to medical privacy laws. Plaskett said she couldn't discuss any details of the crash or the possible cause and the company was cooperating with investigators and will talk to the driver to try to determine what happened.
The bus just had its regular major annual inspection 14 days ago, Plaskett said. She said drivers also do pre-trip inspections to make sure buses are fit for travel. Greyhound sent a crisis-response team to the site to help the customers and authorities as soon as the company was notified of the crash, she said.
Troopers say the bus drove off the roadway near the 26 mile marker, struck a tree and metal fence when it flipped onto its side. The bus slid through a cornfield before coming to a stop.
"I'm just glad to be alive," Link said on the scene, "I just want to see my wife and kids..and hold them."
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