Four passengers were injured in a Greyhound bus crash when the vehicle veered off Highway 84 and overturned in a ditch just east of Daleville, Ala., Thursday afternoon.
The Greyhound bus was traveling west between Dothan and Mobile when it skidded and crashed near the Choctawhatchee Bridge shortly before 4 p.m., authorities said.
A Daleville Department of Public Safety official told The Southeast Sun of Enterprise that the four injured passengers were taken to Dothan hospitals, some with critical injuries, adding that some of the passengers were “pretty banged up.”
Although the nature and extent of the injuries hasn’t been disclosed, Daleville officials told the Enterprise Sun and Dothan’s WTVY that they are believed to be non-life-threatening.
Five people were on the bus including the driver, who was reportedly limping around at the scene while talking to state troopers and other local officials.
Authorities couldn’t say why the Greyhound bus left the four-lane highway and overturned in the median, but weather conditions were being considered as a possible factor. Intense thunderstorms were sweeping through the Wiregrass area at the time of the crash, and Dale County and other surrounding areas were under a severe thunderstorm warning. Local officials continue to investigate the crash.
Greyhound was in national headlines earlier this month after it reached a $6-million settlement with five passengers injured in a September 2013 bus crash near Cincinnati. Greyhound claimed that the driver of the bus choked on his coffee and lost consciousness, but court-ordered tests revealed he suffered from obstructive sleep-apnea and likely fell asleep at the wheel.