OREM — A passenger on a Greyhound bus was hailed as a hero Friday after he successfully pulled over a bus after the driver slumped over the wheel.
About 7:15 a.m., a Greyhound bus was traveling north on I-15 near Orem when a passenger noticed the driver was slumped over, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The bus may have also been going in and out of its lane as several motorists had pulled off to the shoulder, said UHP trooper Colton Freckleton.
Greyhound in a statement to the Deseret News said the driver suffered a medical emergency. But the UHP late Friday afternoon said troopers are investigating whether impairment was a factor.
A passenger was able to steer the bus off to the side of the road where a trooper was already stopped on another call, he said. The bus made slight contact with a barrier wall before coming to a stop.
There were 23 passengers and the driver on board, according to a statement from Greyhound. The driver was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, the UHP stated.
"One minor injury has been reported. A relief bus was sent to transport passengers to the Salt Lake City terminal," according to the Greyhound statement.
Details about that minor injury were not immediately available.
The company stated the bus was headed to Salt Lake City. Information about where the bus was coming from, and whether the passenger had any prior bus or large-vehicle driving experience was not immediately known.
This is at least the second incident of a Greyhound driver suffering an apparent medical condition while driving through Utah.
On New Year's Eve, a 13-year-old California girl was killed and a dozen others hospitalized when a Greyhound bus traveling from Denver to Las Vegas flew off I-70 near the Devil's Canyon view area in a remote area outside of Green River, Emery County, and into a steep wash, coming to rest about 200 feet off the interstate. Passengers reported seeing the driver in that incident slumped over the wheel just prior to the crash.