Hallucinating passenger attacks bus driver, causes crash

A deranged passenger attacked the driver of a Greyhound bus in western Arizona and caused a wild highway crash that left two dozen people injured early Thursday, authorities said.

Maquel Morris, 25, tried to grab the wheel as he pummeled the driver of the Dallas-bound bus as it traveled about 70 mph along I-10 in Tonopah shortly before 2 a.m., according to the state’s Department of Public Safety.

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“I’m gonna flip this bus,” Morris allegedly yelled as other passengers tried to pull him away.

The quick-thinking driver, who was not identified, fended off the attack and managed to keep the bus from swerving into oncoming traffic after it slammed into a median, officials said.

Of the 41 passengers onboard, 24 were taken to area hospitals, but none of their injuries appeared life-threatening, officials said.

“(The driver) did a tremendous job,” one passenger, Gregory Fort, told KPHO-TV. “I drive this route every week. The guy was beating him uncontrollably, hitting him in the face, head. There is nothing anyone could have done better. He deserves a merit for handling the bus the way he did.”

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Morris and his girlfriend ran away from the wrecked bus — which had departed from Los Angeles, Calif. — and fled into the desert, police said.

But the crazed man was arrested when he returned about 30 minutes later.

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Morris, of Los Angeles, was taken to a hospital for a drug-induced condition, a DPS spokesman said. He was expected to get hit with a slew of charges, including endangerment and aggravated assault.

Greyhound dispatched a relief bus to take the remaining uninjured passengers to Phoenix, where they could continue to their final destinations.

With News Wire Services

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