ARIZONA NEWS

Passengers mutiny as Greyhound driver dozes between Phoenix, Dallas

Mar 27, 2018, 10:57 AM

PHOENIX — Passengers reportedly took matters into their own hands last week when the driver of a Greyhound bus going to Dallas from Phoenix appeared to be dozing off at the wheel.

Video captured on board the bus showed angered passengers yelling and clapping loudly at the driver to pull over. A woman, likely the driver, told one passenger to, “Get off the bus.”

Several passengers told CBS11 in Dallas that the driver, whose name was not released, was poking herself with tweezers to stay awake and that the bus was swerving.

“The bus was leaning a little and that’s when people started to really worry,” passenger Philip Hurd told the outlet. “She was using techniques to try and stay awake and I think that was the initial concern … We would go over the white line and everybody would be like, ‘Wake up’ and she had tweezers she was poking herself with tweezers to keep herself awake.

“It was awful.”

Passengers said they were able to get a Border Patrol escort to a safe location, where the driver was replaced.

About 60 people were on the bus. It arrived in Texas seven hours late.

In a statement, Greyhound spokeswoman Lanesha Gipson said drivers can request time to rest.

“Because safety is the cornerstone of our business, we take necessary precautions to prevent drivers from falling asleep while driving and we make it easy for drivers to be reassigned if they do feel fatigued or don’t feel confident that they can operate the bus safely for any reason,” the statement said.

“Our drivers are in regular contact with our dispatch office, and if they state they are feeling tired or fatigued, they are immediately removed from the schedule for at least 12 hours to allow them to get some rest. Once they feel alert and able to return to work, they may do so.”

The company was looking into the matter.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Twitter photo / @ArizonaDOT)...
KTAR.com

Crash on I-17 in Phoenix hospitalizes 5, closes freeway for several hours

A vehicle collision on southbound Interstate 17 near Loop 101 and Bell Road sent five people to the hospital and closed a freeway in north Phoenix on Thursday evening for hours.
9 hours ago
(Twitter Photo / @SecretaryPete)...
Balin Overstolz McNair

Downtown and south Phoenix to connect with major investment

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced millions in funding for Arizona from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and grant money at a Phoenix event Thursday.
9 hours ago
(Facebook Photo / Maricopa County Animal Care and Control)...
Alex Weiner

Maricopa County shelters at max capacity, in need of pet adoptions

The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelters are at maximum capacity and are looking for residents to adopt or foster animals.
9 hours ago
(Getty Images Photos)...
KTAR.com

Weekend guide: Here are the biggest events around metro Phoenix for Aug. 12-14

Need something to do? Here's a look at some of the biggest events happening around the metro Phoenix area for the weekend of Aug. 12-14.
9 hours ago
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)...
KTAR.com

Maricopa County Sheriff Penzone says election security plan will go up ‘notch’ in fall

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said after a successful security undertaking in the primary, his office will use much the same plan for the November general election.
9 hours ago
(ADOT Photo)...
KTAR.com

State Route 143 closure near Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to disrupt drivers this weekend

A State Route 143 closure near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is one of several closures that will disrupt drivers this weekend.
9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
...
Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
Passengers mutiny as Greyhound driver dozes between Phoenix, Dallas