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Posted: 11/4/2001 9:08:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/4/2001 9:14:30 PM EDT by ArmdLbrl]
What do we need now? Bus marshals? And all because he was mad that he couldn't light up.
Passenger Causes Arizona Bus Crash By ANANDA SHOREY .c The Associated Press PHOENIX (Nov. 4) - A Greyhound passenger angry that he wasn't allowed to smoke scuffled with the driver while the bus was traveling 70 mph, causing it to crash. The wreck injured 33 people, one critically. No other vehicles were involved. Charles George of Phoenix, was taken into custody and charged with 37 counts of aggravated assault, said Steve Volden, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. George, who is about 40 years old, was unarmed, Volden said. ''We believe there was some mental instability we were dealing with,'' Volden said. ''He didn't make any overt statements about wanting to hijack the bus or doing anything in the name of religion. It appears he was acting independently.'' The bus was on a cross-country route from Los Angeles to Miami. The struggle occurred around 1 a.m. during the Phoenix-to-El Paso leg of the trip on Interstate 10, about 50 miles south of Phoenix, said Greyhound spokeswoman Jamille Bradfield. The passenger was smoking a cigarette and became upset when two off-duty bus drivers riding in the rear of the vehicle told him that he couldn't smoke, Volden said. He went to the front of the bus and banged on the door of the bus, which was traveling at around 70 mph. Unable to open the door, the man grabbed the steering wheel and tried to take control of the bus, Volden said. The bus went off the pavement. The driver tried to steer it back onto the highway but the vehicle rolled over onto its side, Volden said. The driver was hospitalized in stable condition. It was the third such incident on a Greyhound bus in a month. On Oct. 3, a Croatian man slashed the neck of a Greyhound bus driver in Tennessee, causing a crash that killed seven passengers. The incident prompted Greyhound to shut down all bus service for a few hours. Two weeks later, passengers on a Greyhound bus were credited with averting disaster in Utah after they helped thwart an alleged hijacker who tried to overpower the driver and threatened to flip the vehicle. No one was injured. Bradfield said Greyhound didn't suspend bus service after Sunday's crash because authorities believed it was an isolated incident. One of the passengers injured Sunday was listed in critical condition, two were fair, two were in stable condition and one was in good condition. Six were treated and released and five passengers were not injured. Conditions were not available for the other passengers. AP-NY-11-04-01 1935EST
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Just what are Greyhounds rules about firearms now? And what would happen to you if you popped someone for doing shit like this on a bus?
Link Posted: 11/4/2001 9:40:39 PM EDT
I would have just kicked his ass, and threw him to the deck for the rest of the trip! I don't think you can carry on the bus, but it would've been warranted in this situation.
Link Posted: 11/5/2001 4:25:58 AM EDT
He went to the front of the bus and banged on the door of the bus, which was traveling at around 70 mph.
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It's too bad the driver didn't open the door so Mr. Stupid could fall out of the bus. [BD]
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