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Thursday
Jan232014

Greyhound Bus Crashes After Passenger Allegedly Attacks Driver

File photo. Spencer Platt/Getty Images for Fortune Magazine(PHOENIX) -- A Greyhound bus en route from Los Angeles to Dallas crashed in Arizona early Thursday morning after a rider allegedly attacked the bus driver.

According to a statement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Maquel Donyel Morris, 25, allegedly attacked the driver and grabbed the wheel as the bus traveled eastbound along Interstate 10, near the town of Tonopah, about 50 miles west of Phoenix, at 1:45 a.m.

A few of the passengers stepped in to help the driver, and together were able to stop the bus -- 6 feet from oncoming traffic, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Raul Garcia, a spokesman for ADPS, told ABC News “at least two firefighters had to stand between the suspect and the remaining passenger victims, more than one passenger wanted to go hands on with the suspect.”

The suspect and his girlfriend fled the scene but emerged from the desert 30 minutes later.

Highway patrol officers arrested Morris and transported him to the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.

Of the 46 bus passengers, 24 were transported to various hospitals in the Phoenix area. Three were taken by air ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, including one of the passengers who’d intervened in the attack. Of the three passengers who were airlifted, one had helped to subdue the suspect while the bus was moving. One endured fractures to the lower body, and another sustained a back injury.

Morris is likely to face 48 counts of endangerment, 24 counts of assault, and three counts of aggravated assault, according to the statement from Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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