Bus Passengers Subdue Attacker, Prevent Crash

Greyhound in Arizona nearly went into oncoming traffic

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 23, 2014 3:24 PM CST

(Newser) – A bizarre incident on a Greyhound bus in Arizona resulted in injuries to more than 20 people, but police say quick-thinking passengers prevented it from being much, much worse. A 25-year-old man on the bus is accused of attacking the driver just before 2am as they traveled on I-10 near Phoenix, reports CNN. As the two men struggled for control of the wheel, the bus began swerving across the median toward oncoming traffic, say police. At that point, other passengers jumped in and subdued the attacker, reports the Arizona Republic.

"This thing traveled about 300 feet in the median, bouncing up and down, and that's where the injuries occurred," says a state safety official. "I think the officer (at the scene) said it was about 6 feet from going into oncoming traffic." Maquel Donyel Morris faces charges of endangerment, assault, and aggravated assault, reports AP. He fled into the desert when the bus stopped but returned about 30 minutes later and was arrested. Passengers say he seemed to be hallucinating on the bus and at one point screamed, "Everybody's going to die!" None of the passenger injuries are life-threatening.

File photo of a Greyhound bus.   (PRNewsFoto/Greyhound Lines, Inc.)
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