Greyhound bus crashes on North Freeway

September 3, 2009 8:36:47 AM PDT
Several people were shaken up after a Greyhound bus crashed on I-45 Wednesday night. The crash happened in the North Freeway HOV lane underneath the bridge near Shepherd.

About 24 bus passengers loaded up onto another Greyhound bus to head on their way to points north. They had been waiting almost four hours, since just after 6pm when their original bus collided with the concrete barrier.

The bus' broken bumper and chunks of concrete marked the site of the impact. It was so jarring, passengers say, for a moment they didn't think they'd be telling their story.

"It was just crazy. I just thank God nobody got killed," said passenger John Johnson.

The Greyhound bus had just left the bus station and was traveling on the North Freeway when Metro police say the driver got confused, headed back southbound in the HOV lane and took the exit at Shepherd. It was not a smooth exit.

"We were afraid that the bus was going to fall off the bridge," said passenger Blanca Alcocer.

Another passenger, Bethany Gertsenberg, said, "It really felt like we were going to roll over. Honestly, I started thinking we're going over the edge."

Six passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Metro police said the driver was going too fast and lost control in the HOV exit ramp. The driver was ticketed.

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