An accident involving a Greyhound bus that drove off an interstate highway in southwest Ohio has left 34 people injured. None of the injuries of the victims on the bus was considered life-threatening, though several people were trapped and had to be extricated by firefighters and paramedics.
The bus drove off the right side of northbound Interstate 75 about 25 miles north of Cincinnati at about 3:50 a.m. early Saturday, striking a tree and a fence. The bus flipped on its side before sliding to a stop in a nearby cornfield.
According to Butler County Emergency Operations Center officials, 34 people were taken to area hospitals. Six of the victims were taken by helicopters while the remaining 28 were taken to hospital by ambulance. Injuries of the passengers ranged from minor to severe.
The Greyhound bus had left Cincinnati and was bound for Detroit. The coach was carrying 51 passengers plus the driver. Passengers who were not injured in the crash and those who were treated and released were taken back to Cincinnati.
The cause of the crash is currently still under investigation.
The driver of the bus had been with Greyhound for almost 15 years had been on duty for only an hour and was fully rested, according to company spokesperson for Dallas-based Greyhound Lines, Inc., Kim Plaskett.
The driver was among the injured, however, the company declined to release the driver’s name or medical condition due privacy laws.
According to Plaskett, the company is in full cooperation with investigators and will discuss details of the crash. Greyhound and investigators will be speaking with the driver in order to try and determine the root cause of the accident.
The bus just had just undergone its regular major annual inspection 14 days prior to the accident. Plaskett added that drivers also do pre-trip inspections to make certain that a bus is fit to travel.
While bus travel is one of the safest, least expensive ways for people to travel, every year, thousands of people are injured or even killed in accidents involving buses. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCA), 13,000 buses were involved in accidents in the year 2010. The FMCA is constantly monitoring bus safety and accident statistics in the interests of making bus travel safer and insuring the well-being of passengers on a nationwide basis.
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