34 people injured when a Greyhound bus rolls over in Ohio. Courtesy: WXYZ
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a Greyhound bus left the highway, flipped and landed on its side in a cornfield in southwest Ohio, injuring 34 people. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening.
Officials with the Butler County Emergency Operations Center say in a statement the bus, carrying 51 passengers and the driver, was headed northbound on I-75 early Saturday when it overturned about 26 miles north of Cincinnati just before 4 a.m.
Authorities say 34 people have been transported to area hospitals; six were taken from the scene by medical helicopters, and 28 by ambulance. The injuries ranged from minor to severe.
Officials say the bus left Cincinnati and was bound for Detroit. Passengers not injured were transported back to Cincinnati.
ABC's News affiliate WCPO-TV Cincinnati is reporting that officials did not immediately give a reason for the crash, but say eye-witness Christopher Lake of Michigan, who was on the bus at the time of the crash, said the driver appeared to be slumped over just before the crash and may have suffered some type of medical episode.
Lake said he heard a woman scream at the driver "Wake up! Wake up!", and it was then he looked up and saw the driver slumped over.
Lake said the bus then went off the side of the road, hit a tree and rolled at least twice.
When asked if Lake thought the driver fell asleep, he said he did not think so, describing the driver as "wide awake" when passengers first got on the bus, giving instructions as normal.
Ohio State Highway Patrol reopened two lanes of NB I-75 in the area of the crash. All southbound lanes were reopened after being closed for around two hours. A separate crash in the area closed the entrance ramp from State Route 129 to northbound I-75.