Crash sends 26 to hospitals after passenger attacked bus driver
9:05 AM, Jan 23, 2014
2:55 PM, Jan 23, 2014
TONOPAH, Ariz. - A 25-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly attacked a Greyhound bus driver causing it to crash 50 miles west of Phoenix.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the bus was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 near Tonopah at 1:45 a.m. when the crash happened.
Authorities believe the suspect Maquel Donyel Morris yelled "I'm gonna flip this bus" while punching the bus driver, which resulted in the crash.
The bus crossed into the median where it eventually stopped. DPS said Morris and his girlfriend fled into the desert after the bus came to a stop. They returned to the scene 30 minutes later and were arrested by DPS.
An official from Greyhound said 41 passengers were on board. Twenty-six people were transported to area hospitals due to injuries.
Two passengers were taken to West Valley Hospital in Buckeye, 13 were taken to West Valley Hospital in Goodyear and six were taken to Estrella Banner Hospital.
It's unclear where the others were transported.
Bus #86538 (schedule 1454) left Los Angeles at 6:15 p.m. It was scheduled to stop in Phoenix at 2:30 a.m. before arriving at its final destination in Dallas.
Greyhound said two buses will pick up the passengers who were not injured in the crash and help them get to their destination.
Morris is facing the following charges: 48 counts of felony endangerment, 24 counts of assault and 3 counts of aggravated assault.