LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) - Six people were flown to southwest Ohio hospitals early Saturday morning after the Greyhound Bus they were riding on overturned along Interstate 75 in Butler County's Liberty Township.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers tell 2 NEWS none of the injuries appear to be life threatening.
Troopers say the bus drove off the roadway near the 26 mile marker, struck a tree and metal fence when it flipped onto its side. The bus slid through a cornfield before coming to a stop.
A passenger on the bus, bound from Cincinnati to Dayton and then Detroit, tells 2 NEWS he awoke to screaming and saw the bus driver slumped over the wheel.
"I heard ladies screaming 'Wake up! wake up!', I looked up and the bus driver looked like he was slumped over. Next thing you know the bus just goes off the road. We rolled at least twice...everybody fell on each other," Chris Link of Flint, Mich. told 2 NEWS.
"I'm just glad to be alive," Link said on the scene, "I just want to see my wife and kids..and hold them."
Link was among the passengers who helped others to safety.
"I was on my hands and knees letting people step on my back to get up and out," he said. Other passengers helped carry children and injured passengers, he said.
Officials with the Greyhound company said the bus driver was among the injured. They said he has been with the company for 15 years and has a clean driving record. According to Greyhound, the driver was only on duty for one hour prior to the accident.
Fire and rescue teams were called in to help free trapped passengers. In all, 52 people were on the bus, 34 were injured. Twenty eight people were taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. Four were flown by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital and two were flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital.
Sixteen people are still be treated after the accident.
Two lanes of Interstate 75 have reopened following the crash. One lane remains closed while the accident is cleared and investigators begin their work.
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