This story is courtesy of our sister station WISH in Indianapolis, IN.
EDINBURGH, Ind. (WISH) — A Megabus heading from Chicago to Atlanta crashed near Edinburgh early Monday morning, injuring more than a dozen people on board and causing a miles-long traffic back up on Interstate 65.
It happened in the southbound lanes near State Road 252 around 5:30 a.m. This is close to the Johnson County/Shelby County line.
Preliminarily, officials say the Megabus rear-ended the semi, damaging the front windshield of the bus. Two other vehicles — a Chevy Avalanche and a Nissan Altima — were involved in the crash.
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Multiple ambulances were called to the scene to transport 19 people to local hospitals. Their injuries were said to be minor.
Passengers described the scene to 24-Hour News 8 as chaotic.
“I don’t think it’s the driver’s fault. I feel like it was a specific situation. It’s not their fault,” Rachel Stringer, passenger on the bus, said.
IndyGo sent two buses to pick up passengers. A spokesman for the company said their drivers were initially having a hard time reaching the scene, because of the major traffic back-up that formed after the crash.
Southbound lanes were completely shut down so emergency crews could respond, causing a back-up that stretched at least eight miles. Around 8 a.m., one lane of traffic was getting by. Northbound lanes were not affected.
This is the fourth crash over the past year in Indiana involving Megabuses. A crash near Greenwood in October 2014 injured dozens of people when the bus tipped over. On Dec. 20, 2014, a Megabus landed on its side near Seymour, injuring a number of passengers on board. Ten days later, a Megabus was involved in a crash in northern Indiana near Hammond. No one on the bus was hurt.
Sean Hughes, director of corporate affairs for Megabus.com North America, released the following statement Monday morning:
“Megabus can confirm that one of our vehicles travelling from Chicago, IL to Atlanta, GA was involved in an incident on the I-65 near Edinburgh, IN, at approximately 6.00 am today (Monday, April 13, 2015).
Safety is our number one priority and Megabus is fully cooperating with the authorities with their investigation into the incident.”
Later Monday, a passenger on board the crashed Megabus was on a second Megabus when Indiana State Police pulled over the bus and arrested him. ISP officials said they were investigating with Michigan authorities and used cell phone information to track the wanted man.