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Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 12:27 PM
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 3:16 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — The driver of a Greyhound bus that crashed Sept. 14 on Interstate 75 choked and passed out just prior to the crash, officials confirmed today.
The bus, bound for Detroit with 51 passengers, went off the highway between a rest area and the Ohio 63 exit in Monroe, according to reports. The bus landed on its side in a cornfield several hundred yards from the right side of the freeway. The driver and 37 passengers were transported to area hospitals.
Officials said today 64-year-old bus driver Dwayne Garrett was drinking hot coffee when he began coughing violently and passed out. They said it's unknown what caused him to pass out. Investigators who spoke with Garrett at the hospital, following the crash, said Garrett didn't recall the actual crash.
Charges could be filed against Garrett, an official with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said today. If charges are filed, they would be announced later this week.
The bus left the Cincinnati terminal at 2:55 a.m. and was due to arrive in Detroit at 7:15 a.m. with no stops or layovers.
At least 125 emergency responders from Butler and Warren counties were at the scene.
CareFlight and AirCare helicopter units landed on the shut-down lanes of I-75 to transport injured passengers. Triage care was given to some at the scene, said Jeff Galloway of the Butler County Emergency Management team of the Sheriff's Office.
The coach had been inspected 14 days ago by federal inspectors, according to reports. They are required by Federal law to be inspected every 12,000 miles.