Skip to comments.Driver Gets Off Bus in Rural Missouri & Leaves Passengers Stranded For 8 Hours
Posted on 11/21/2011 6:28:38 AM PST by servo1969
A Greyhound bus driver got off her bus in Charleston, Missouri and walked away. She left the passengers stranded for 8 hours before another driver took them to St. Louis.
Passengers say it was a travel nightmare. A Greyhound bus bound for St. Louis was stranded all night at a truck-stop after the driver got off the bus and never came back.
Passengers say the first problem on the trip happened in Sikeston. They say the driver kicked a passenger, 65, off the bus in Sikeston because she didnt like what he was saying. The bus continued North on I-55. Around Cape Girardeau, the driver pulled over and stopped the bus on the side of the road. She told passengers she was leaving. She locked the door and went outside to wait for a ride. Passengers called 911 and police ordered the driver back on the bus.
But instead of heading north to St. Louis, she turned the bus around. She got off the interstate in Charleston, MO and got off the bus for good. The passengers were stranded at a truck-stop. They called Greyhound for help, but it took hours to get a new driver. They ended up spending the night on the bus.
She did it twice, passenger Danyel Thompson said of the bus driver. She locked us in on the side of the highway and then the second time she just left. It was horrible.
They finally arrived in St. Louis just before noon, nearly 12 hours after they were scheduled to arrive.
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I really want to hear the driver's side of this story. The video of the passengers being interviewed makes me suspicious. Isn't it odd that nobody talks about what was actually said during the trip? They sent a camera crew out to interview these people. Nobody had anything to say about any exchanges between the driver and passengers? What was the old man saying that promted her to throw him off the bus? I could be completely off the mark here but was the driver a white woman? Were a bunch of riders giving her a hard time? Or was just being a b****?
Anyhow, she is certainly going to be fired for this (unless she's union) but I think there is more going on here than is being reported.
Sorry, that should have been “Or was SHE just being a b****?”
If all that was needed was a driver, couldn't a passenger have done it?
How can anyone be locked in a bus, other than a prison bus?
Nobody could kick out a window?
I would have thought she’d promptly complain to either the police or Greyhound. Funny that it wasn’t Greyhound management, but police, that forced the driver back on.
He opened the door, deployed the emergency chute, slide down, walked to the parking lot, got in his car, and drove home..
Well if she walked off with the keys, the passengers couldn’t take the bus anywhere. They could certainly escape, but then where would they go? A roadside good samaritan might help one or two, but a busful? I’d be curious if they summoned the sheriff and what the sheriff suggested.
Mankind is doomed.
I remember my great grandmother’s story about her family making their way home through a blizzard in a horse drawn wagon. Her father had to break a path through the snow and lead the horses up 100 yards at a time.
Camping out on the bus probably made the most sense in this stupid situation. Sounds much like the driver was the only one to blame; at least we are not hearing about any passenger riot on the bus.
Who is John Gault?
I dreamt I was a bus driver who did that once. Only once.
What you are pointing out is just how passive we have become as a nation. The bus driver walks off? Sit passively in the bus and wait for someone to do something. Don’t take matters into your own hands. Sit there until someone saves you, then bitch and moan about how horrible the situation was. Its the new American Way.
I going to guess what happened is a passenger was being unruly (vile, vulgar, etc) and she threw him off the bus. The rest of the passengers likely objected to what they saw as an over-reaction or perhaps racism then probably taunted, threatened, verbally abused the driver until she got fed up and left. Again this is just a wild guess.
“Its the new American Way.”
Maybe for SOME Americans.
reminds me of the joke about the blonde who locked herself in her car...
Given that her race was NOT mentioned in the interviews of passengers, I doubt it. ymmv
A fed up bus driver evokes John Gault ? A stretch.
Yep, I bet there’s a lot more to this story. I would love to hear an audiotape of what went on in that bus.
They let women drive buses now?
In Atlas Shrugged they had frozen trains. In Barry’s America, we have frozen buses.
If you don't have a CDL, you could be arrested.
Time for Greyhound to copy the airlines & install ‘locked doors to the drivers’ seat’.
Bus drivers should be protected from disruptive passengers -who can cause accidents - worse than texting or cell phone use.
Or increase employment by hiring ‘bus attendants’ like the airlines. Raise rates to accommodate the added staff.
“I really want to hear the driver’s side of this story. The video of the passengers being interviewed makes me suspicious. Isn’t it odd that nobody talks about what was actually said during the trip?”
I’m guessing this driver has experienced this sort of alleged passenger abuse in the past. She may have even reported it reported it to Greyhound and the cops, but in ACLU/lawyer ruled America, nothing was done.
She probably just came to the conclusion that it just wasn’t worth the trouble dealing with these types any more, uttered f#%k it and punted.
Must be Rush’s fault!
Take the Bus and leave the driving to Us (passengers that is.....)
The “Fasten Seatbelt” light was still on, what would you have them do?
Nobody had anything to say about any exchanges between the driver and passengers?
It's traditional to read articles before commenting on them.
Since, oh, about the 1950’s.
At least they used the buses this time before being stranded and beefing about a rescue...
LOL. You haven't been around long enough. Its pretty standard practice to know everything about every person in an article, and to be able to comment fully on it, just by reading the blurb or even just the headline.
The same place the driver went, presumably.
The heroic stalwart driver seems to have been able to brave the wilds, why not the passengers?
There may have been a strip mall half a mile away, who knows.
I've had that happen several times while riding a bus. Usually though the wait was only for an hour or so.
Only thing I could say to those Greyhound passengers is “Be glad Greyhound isn't an airline!”
Well we aren’t told where the driver went, but for all we know he/she/it called a bedfriend to come get him/her/it, or maybe even rented a car. A getaway for one is a little easier than a getaway for a busful.
“Old greaser” hubby would’ve just hot wired the fool thing and drove off.
I think that both Greyhound and the driver are in heap big legal trouble over this.
If the driver was truly having a problem with a passenger, she should have contacted police when she stopped in Cape Girardeau and had the police deal with it. If someone was heckling her or bothering her in any way, she could have requested that the police remove the passenger from the bus by police, and it would have been the police’s call, not her’s.
According to the KSDK news report, the driver was heading north to St. Louis via Sikeston and Cape Girardeau (the I-55), but at Cape she turned the bus around and headed south to the junction of I-55 and I-57, and then went east a few miles to Charleston (my google aerial map shows two truckstops at the I-57 exit for Missouri Route 105), where she abandoned the bus. The legal terms “false imprisonment” and “kidnapping” come immediately to mind. I’m sure there are also some criminal sanctions buried in federal motor carrier law.
If I were a passenger on the bus, I wouldn’t settle for a refund of my ticket. Greyhound is liable for the misconduct of its employees, and the passengers were clearly falsely imprisoned when they were taken to a place not on the route and abandoned. False imprisonment is an intentional tort which can occasion punitive damages.
Willie showed up recently in a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal Article on a proposed trolley project.
Dunno, sounds like they took a vote and opted to camp out on the bus. They had cell phones apparently, which is how they summoned Greyhound.
Well that’s a big mistake.
You think that's tough, try the bus from Memphis to St. Joe.
“Memphis to St. Louis on a greyhound bus sounds like a tough clientele.”
(ANY inner city) to (ANY other inner city) on a Greyhound bus sounds like a tough clientele.
Any bus originating or terminating in Memphis is likely very difficult clientele.
Yeah, you're right. We are being trained to be passive and helpless.
I can never find Sandra Bullock when I need her.
I’m not sure why you want to jump to the conclusion it had something to do with race. Don’t you think if it did, the passengers would have been sreaming holy hell about their “racist” bus driver? Jesse Jackson would have been down there by now. The fact that nobody is even hinting that race has anything to do with it would lead me to the opposite theory that you posed.
Don't remember the particulars, but he'd heard about Houston's offer on the radio and found one of the few busses which Mayor Nagin hadn't mustered into the underwater zone, so just put two and two together and took action.
That was my exact impression of the Katrina situation.
Yet, police are still telling people not to take matters into their own hands. When you are facing a bullet seconds away, police are only minutes away. Sometimes thirty minutes.