LIBERTY TWP., Ohio (WDTN) - Victims being pulled from the wreckage. Ambulances rushing to help. Helicopters taking the injured to hospitals. That was the scene after a Greyhound Bus crash on Interstate-75 near Monroe September 14th.
Investigators say the bus went off the highway, hit a tree and then slid through a cornfield before coming to a rest on its side.
"We rolled twice on the bus, bouncing us all around," says David Otte of Wyoming, Michigan.
The 56-year-old was among the 34 people who were injured in the crash.
Otte says he had to be cut out of the bus and flown by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital.
"I had a cut on my heel, my Achilles heel. My back hurt, my shoulders hurt, I mean, I had bruises all over. I still got a lot of them," explains Otte.
Everyone has now been released from the hospital.
State and federal investigators examined the bus last week. No mechanical issues were found.
Investigators say the bus driver Dwayne Garrett tells them he had a coughing fit after his coffee went down the wrong pipe, causing him to lose consciousness and crash the bus.
So far, no charges have been filed but investigators say that doesn't mean they won't be.
Otte questions the bus driver's story and wants someone to be held accountable.
"Now that you tell me about the coffee, he was, he was trying to stay awake. Who's at fault here? It's not the bus. It may not be Greyhound, it may be the driver," comments Otte.
Otte says he's a truck driver and says it could still be weeks before he is cleared by doctors to go back to work full-time.
Right now, he says Greyhound is working with him to pay for his medical bills and lost wages.
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