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Bus Passengers Who Attacked Alleged Hijacker say They Acted in Self Defense

Posted July 21, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Passengers who were on board a hijacked Greyhound bus say they acted only in self defense when attacking the hijacker.

The man police say hijacked the bus was killed Saturday morning in Charlotte when the driver and passengers overpowered him. Police haven't said how the alleged hijacker died, but some passengers say he was strangled.

The man reportedly pulled out a knife while on the bus, started rambling about the movie "Speed", then took passengers on a 60 mile ride. The driver finally ran the bus off the road, catching the man off-guard. That's when police say he was attacked.