Driver describes fatal Megabus crash in Litchfield

Driver describes fatal Megabus crash in Litchfield

Credit: UPI

Rescue workers work to remove some of the 64 riders of a Megabus headed to St. Louis from Chicago, after a tire blowout and the bus hitting a bridge support in Litchfield, Illinois on August 2, 2012. Police say 31 people were taken to three area hospitals and three flown to Saint Louis hospitals in St. Louis. Litchfield is located along Highway 55 about 60 miles north of St. Louis. Police have reported one female person has died. UPI/Michael Pierson

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Posted on August 30, 2012 at 7:36 AM

CHICAGO (AP) -- The 25-year-old driver who was at the wheel during a fatal Megabus crash in south-central Illinois says he did everything he could to control the double-decker after a tire blew out.

Preston Taylor tells the Chicago Tribune he gripped the steering wheel tightly after hearing a front tire pop but didn’t hit the brakes because he didn’t want to cause a rollover. Taylor says the disabled bus didn’t react to his attempts to steer.

The bus struck a bridge pillar along Interstate 55 near Litchfield on Aug. 2, killing one passenger and injuring nearly four dozen others.

Taylor suffered a facial fracture and Achilles tendon damage from flying glass. He says he’s undergone three surgeries and is scheduled for one more plus a skin graft.

Information from: Chicago Tribune

 

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