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30 Hurt When Greyhound Bus Overturns on I-440

Posted August 1, 2007 1:36 a.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2007 11:49 a.m. EDT

— Thirty people were injured early Wednesday when a Greyhound bus flipped on an exit ramp on the Interstate 440 Inner Beltline, authorities said.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, but the passengers, many complaining of bumps, bruises and neck and back injuries, were transported to local hospitals – 15 to WakeMed, eight to Rex Hospital and seven to Duke Raleigh Hospital.

The accident happened at about 12:40 a.m. when the bus exiting the Beltline onto U.S. Highway 64 East flipped once, according to Wake County emergency dispatch.

The bus driver, Aarron Wesley Jenkins, of Richmond, Va., was charged with careless and reckless driving.

A police report said Jenkins was going too fast for the exit ramp and hit the brakes, leaving 131 feet of skid marks before leaving the road. Once the bus was off the road, it traveled 123 feet before flipping on its side.

"People were screaming, 'Oh, my God. Help me. Help me,'" said passenger Dena Francis.

Forty-seven passengers were on the bus, Raleigh police said. Officials said the bus made stops in Fayetteville and Raleigh and was headed to Richmond.

"The bus driver took the turn too fast and lost control and flipped the bus," said passenger Eric Rowland.

"As soon as we made it around the turn, I felt the bus shift and I knew we were going to fall," said passenger Clayton Keefer.

Greyhound has established a passenger information line at 800-972-4583. Another bus picked up those passengers who were not injured at about 2:30 a.m. to carry them to their various destinations.