The Greyhound bus crash shortly before 4 a.m. on Saturday morning in Ohio has “forever linked” 51 Greyhound bus passengers in an unusual way. “Terror, fear, anger were all common sentiments expressed by passengers after driver Dwayne Garrett suddenly slumped over the wheel on I-75 near the Butler Regional Highway and the travel couch — and the situation — went out of control,” reported WCPO Cincinnati on Sept. 14, 2013.
According to a Greyhound spokesperson, the Greyhound bus driver involved in the crash “was fully rested” when the Greyhound bus left Cincinnati for Detroit on Saturday morning. Greyhound spokesperson Kim Plaskett also emphasized that the Greyhound bus had undergone its major annual inspection just two weeks ago, and “there were no issues with the bus.”
For the 51 passengers involved in the Greyhound bus crash, however, those assurances do not reflect their experience of tumbling off I-75, flipping over in a cornfield, and getting injured.
Fortunately, none of the passengers involved in the Greyhound bus crash sustained any life-threatening injuries. The Greyhound bus driver and one passenger were trapped in the bus when emergency crews arrived and were extricated relatively easily from the bus. They suffered only compound fractures. Six other injured Greyhound bus passengers were taken on medical helicopters to hospitals, and about 25 other people were taken to hospitals in ambulances. Uninjured passengers were taken back on another Greyhound bus back to Cincinnati.
In describing the scene of the Greyhound bus crash, many of the passengers reported that “there was also plenty of emotional pain experienced by travelers who were forced to get aboard another bus just hours after the near-fatal accident to continue their journeys.”
One of the passengers experiencing the Greyhound bus crash said that it looked like the Greyhound bus driver, 64-year-old Dwayne Garrett, looked like he had fallen asleep when he suddenly slumped over the wheel.
Another passenger involved in the Greyhound bus crash said that she yelled at the Greyhound bus driver, “wake up, wake up!”
In a terrifying video interview account of the Greyhound bus crash, some passengers said that the bus turned 360 degrees and that they thought that “we’re going to crash,” “no one could see anything,” “it seemed like this was the end.” On impact, one of the men in the Greyhound bus came through the window and people had other people’s blood on them. One man said that all he was thinking about was that “hopefully nothing was leaking” so that the bus wouldn’t catch on fire.
Neither one of the interviewed Greyhound bus crash victims chose to get on another Greyhound bus back to Cincinnati but said that they would find another means of transportation. Getting back on a Greyhound bus after they had just been in a Greyhound bus crash was the last thing they wanted to do.
Besides the terror, fear, and anger expressed by the passengers involved in the Greyhound bus crash, there was also a sense of unity and gratitude.
Joya Owens, who had drifted off to sleep just shortly before the Greyhound bus crash happened, said that the men on board the bus had to be complimented “for their display of chivalry in the midst of crisis.”
“The gentlemen on the bus were very kind to help the ladies first and help the children get out,” she said.
According to WCPO Cincinnati’s report, “while all the travelers were on board the bus for different reasons, they will be forever linked by Saturday’s unforgettable road trip.”