Bus attack leaves six people dead
Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 4, 2001
AP and staff reports
Thursday, October 04, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
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A passenger on a Greyhound bus cut the driver’s throat Wednesday
in Tennessee, causing a crash that killed six of the 40 people
The incident prompted Greyhound to temporarily halt service
nationwide. The driver told authorities the attacker used a box
The driver was treated for a cut to his neck and was stable
after surgery, a hospital official said. The attacker, who had
a Croatian passport, was killed, the FBI said.
”He just went up to the bus driver and, like, slit his throat,
and the driver turned the wheel and the bus tipped over,” passenger
Carly Rinearson told Nashville TV station WTVF by cell phone from
the crash site.
The crash happened on Interstate 24 near Manchester, 50 miles
southeast of Nashville. The bus originated in Chicago with a final
destination of Orlando, Fla., Greyhound spokesman Mike Lake said.
Dana Keeton, a Tennessee Department of Safety spokeswoman,
said six were confirmed dead at the scene, and the 34 other people
on board were injured. She said the injured were taken to at least
six hospitals. Hospital officials described the injuries as ranging
from bumps and bruises to some that required emergency surgery.
After the 4:15 a.m. CST crash, Greyhound pulled 1,900 buses
off the nation’s highways, but after consulting with federal and
state investigators and transportation officials, the company
decided it was safe to resume service as of noon.
”The officials have assured me that they believe this tragic
accident was the result of an isolated act by a single deranged
individual,” Greyhound president and CEO Craig Lentzsch told
reporters in Washington, D.C.
Gordon Brown, terminal manager for Delta Bus Lines in Natchez,
said the incident had little effect on local operations and that
no changes in security were planned as of Wednesday.
&uot;The only way it’s affected us is that the buses from
larger cities … will be a couple of hours late coming in,&uot;&160;Brown
said early Wednesday.