Suspect Attacks Greyhound Bus Driver, Passengers Overtake 25-Year-Old Attacker
24 Passengers Injured During Greyhound Bus Attack West of Phoenix
Thursday, January 23, 2014 -
Maquel Donyel Morris, who was a passenger on the bus, suddenly attacked the driver and grabbed the wheel. The bus was traveling eastbound along Interstate 10 near the town of Tonopah when the attack occurred. Tonopah is about 50 miles west of Phoenix.
During the attack, other passengers intervened in the assault as the bus traveled through the desert median. The driver and other passengers were able to gain control of Morris and stop the bus just six feet from oncoming vehicles that were traveling in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10. The speed limit in that area is 75 miles-per-hour.
After the struggle, Morris and his girlfriend ran into the desert only to return 30 minutes later. Morris was arrested by Highway Patrol Officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) and transported to the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.
Of the 46 passengers on the bus, 24 were transported to various hospitals in the Phoenix area. Three were taken by air ambulance to St. Josephs Hospital, including one of the passengers who intervened in the attack.
Morris is likely facing 48 counts of Endangerment, 24 counts of Assault and 3 counts of Aggravated Assault.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.