34 people injured when a Greyhound bus rolls over in Ohio. Courtesy: WXYZ
WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kent County man was among passengers injured over the weekend in a Greyhound bus crash near Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dave Otte of Wyoming was among 51 passengers traveling north to Detroit over the weekend when the 64-year-old bus driver passed out.
Otte talked to WZZM 13 Monday night about the crash, "I was kind of dozing off back and forth and it went zip, zip, zip. I said he's riding on the rumble strips." Otte said the bus continued to veer off the road and into a cornfield. "All of a sudden it went right down I said, 'Oh God' and at that point.
Investigators say the Greyhound bus struck a tree and a fence and flipped on its side before sliding to a stop. At least 35 people were injured in the crash including Otte, who has seven stitches on his foot.
"You could see people going just like this-- like you are in a Laundromat-- you know? Watching yourself go around like that," explained Otte.
The driver, Dwayne Garrett of Cincinnati, has given a statement to investigators and voluntarily had blood drawn for testing. Greyhound has said the driver was rested and has 15 years of experience. Greyhound says the bus had recently undergone an annual inspection.
Greyhound brought in another bus to transport the passengers well enough to continue on.
"My wife wanted to come and get me friends wanted to come and get me I said no the bus is going to take me home." Otte says he isn't concerned about riding another Greyhound bus. "I'll get on a bus and ride again. Doesn't scare me a bit."
While we were visiting, a Greyhound representative called Mr. Otte to arrange for payment of his medical bills, compensation for lost salary while he heals from his injury, and replacement of his phone and other items he lost in the crash.