Bowdeya Tweh reports:
Passengers on a Greyhound bus that crashed Sept. 14 in Liberty Township say there was little warning before the vehicle left the roadway and ended up on its side in a corn field.
The bus was traveling northbound on Interstate 75 when it drifted off the right side of road just north of Ohio 129 before 3:50 a.m. A crash report the Ohio State Highway Patrol released Thursday said the bus flipped several times and struck a fence and a tree before coming to a rest.
The driver, Dwayne Garrett, 64, of Pleasant Ridge, was seen slumped over prior to the crash. Garrett was cited for operating a vehicle without being in reasonable control.
“I was sleeping and next thing I know people were screaming and yelling and I realize that the bus had crashed,” said Lamar Johnson, 34, of Detroit in a statement to troopers.
Forty-four of the 51 passengers on the bus heading from Cincinnati to Detroit reported injuries to troopers, the crash report said. Emergency responders were on the scene about a minute after receiving 911 calls.
Some were ejected from the bus and Garrett had to be extricated from the vehicle after the crash.
The most serious injuries were internal injuries, broken bones and concussions, according to a first-person account from a trooper who responded to the crash. Broken glass also caused injuries to several people.