Medical emergency causes Greyhound bus crash, say West Memphis officials

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (WMC) – Arkansas State Police are investigating a crash in West Memphis.

A Greyhound bus crashed around 8 a.m. at I-40 in Crittenden County.

The bus driver appeared to have a seizure causing the bus to crash into a guard rail.

There were 35 people on the bus, including the driver. 11 were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Shaquille Curry was a passenger on the Greyhound bus and said once the driver had his emergency, that is when they started to swerve.

“I was kind of asleep, so my neck was on the window like this [demonstrates]… and when it hit it and it was ‘boom,’” Curry said. “We were right next to an 18-wheeler and once our tire blew out, it just started shaking and the guy in the 18-wheeler kind of side-swiped up and pushed us to the side, and there was everything, like pregnant women falling, it was crazy.”

Passengers were being pulled out of the bus windows by firefighters.

Vantwon Ford was one of the first police officers on the scene and said he couldn’t believe it was not worse.

“It was a gift from God, that rail really saved them. If they went down another 300, 400 feet, they probably would have flipped over, it was by the grace of God that everyone was fine,” Ford said.