TONOPAH, AZ - The girlfriend of a man accused of causing a
Greyhound bus to crash told authorities the suspect had taken drugs earlier in the day.
Maquel Donyel Morris, 25, faces 25 counts of endangerment, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal damage.
The Thursday incident happened around 1:45 a.m. on Interstate 10 near Tonopah, Ariz. as the bus was traveling from California to Tennessee.
According to court documents obtained Friday, the bus driver told Department of Public Safety officers that passengers had told him about another passenger who was "acting strangely."
The driver stopped in Quartzsite and spoke to Morris and his girlfriend, who told the driver he would have no problems with Morris.
About an hour later, Morris kicked open the door separating the driver from the passenger compartment and yelled that he wanted off the bus, according to the report.
The driver said Morris then tried to get control of the bus by grabbing the steering wheel.
One witness told officers he heard Morris scream, "I'm going to flip this [expletive]," while trying to disrupt the driver.
The driver told officers he called out to passengers for help, telling them to "get this guy off me or he's going to crash the bus."
Officers said during the struggle the bus left the roadway and went into the median. The driver said the bus bounced several times high into the air.
The bus finally came to a stop just a few feet from the westbound lanes of I-10. The driver told officers he was afraid they were going to end up in oncoming traffic and get hit by a semi.
Several people were injured and three were air-lifted to Valley hospitals.
Officers reported that Morris was screaming the entire time at the scene.
His girlfriend reportedly told officers that Morris had used methamphetamine earlier in the day.
Morris was arrested and taken to the hospital by a DPS officer. According to the report, fire personnel would not transport Morris because of his erratic behavior and his refusal to cooperate with them.