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Passenger High On Meth Crashes Greyhound Bus After Grabbing The Wheel
A man who was allegedly high on meth grabbed the wheel of a Greyhound bus en route from Los Angeles to Dallas last night, crashing it and injuring 24 passengers.
Police are claiming that Maquel Donyel Morris, a 25-year-old man from Los Angeles, started punching the bus driver and grabbing the wheel, creating a terrifying scene where the driver and passengers tried to wrestle control of the bus away from Morris, the Los Angeles Times reports.
"He was actually hitting the bus driver—hitting him hard to the face," passenger Gregory Frost said, according to NBC 4. "[The driver] was saying, 'Help me, help me. Somebody come up here and help me.'"
The bus crashed through a dirt median and stopped jest before encountering oncoming traffic on I-10 in Tonopah, Arizona, which is about 50 miles away from Phoenix, the Times reports. After the bus crashed, Morris and his girlfriend took off into the desert. They returned about a half hour later, where they were arrested by police.
Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said that Morris' girlfriend told police that he "smoked a lot of meth" before the bus trip, City News Service reports.
Overall, 24 passengers were hurt, and three of them had to be airlifted to local hospitals.
Morris faces a long list of charges—48 counts of felony endangerment, 24 counts of assault and three counts of aggravated assault, NBC 4 reports.