At least six passengers onboard a megabus bound for Chicago were seriously hurt and 20 more suffered moderate to minor injuries when the bus flipped on its side on its way from Atlanta Tuesday morning, according to authorities. It had stops scheduled in Chattanooga, Nashville, Louisville and Indianapolis.
The driver told company officials he was heading north on I-65 around 4:35 a.m. when the bus was hit by a car trying to avoid a crash near Greenwood, Ind., according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Shawn O’Keefe. The bus flipped over as it “overcorrected” for traffic, state police said.
“The driver apparently didn’t see it because of the rain or something and swerved to avoid it,” O’Keefe said. “The bus driver swerved and ended up turning the bus over on its side and it went into the median.”
Approximately 56 people were on the bus, state police said. At least six were transported to local hospitals with serious but non-life threatening injuries, state police said. At least 20 people were taken to hospitals with moderate to minor injuries. The other passengers were transported to a hospital while they waited for another bus.
Both northbound and southbound lanes of I-65 were shut down following the accident as crews worked to remove the bus, state police said.
“We will be providing assistance and support for all of our customers involved in this incident,” said Sean Hughes, associate director of corporate affairs, Coach USA North America. “Safety is our absolute priority and we are assisting the authorities with their investigation into the circumstances of the incident.”
The bus landed on its side and was caught by crossover cable barrier preventing it from entering the southbound lanes and causing an even more disastrous scene, fire officials said.
Sean Hughes, a spokesperson for Megabus, said the cause of the accident was still being investigated.