SUV & Greyhound Bus Crash Head-On: 1 Dead, 52 Injured - - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

7/27/07-Montgomery, AL

SUV & Greyhound Bus Crash Head-On: 1 Dead, 52 Injured

The man killed in an accident on I-65 has been identified as Joseph Rudder of Hope Hull.  The deadly accident shut down Interstate 65 for a time Friday morning. Police say Rudder's Chevy Trailblazer crashed head-on into a Greyhound bus between Highway 80 and the Hope Hull exit (between mile markers 166 and 167) around 2:16 a.m.

"Mr. Rudder was treated on the scene for life threatening injuries by paramedic units and was transported to Baptist South Hospital by Care Ambulance where he was pronounced dead at 3:20 a.m.," says police spokesman Capt. Huey Thornton in a press release.

Police got a call on the 911 system that the SUV was headed northbound on the southbound side of I-65.  About three or four minutes later they got a second phone call saying the SUV had collided with the bus. 

According to Montgomery police the driver of the bus was Cedric Davis of Stone Mountain, Georgia.  Davis was transported to Baptist South Hospital for injuries he sustained to his legs, according to police.

Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright talked to the bus driver at the scene.  "He was sitting in a reclining position because of his injuries and I just asked him very briefly how he was doing.  He said he was doing fine...He was not one of the immediate 13 that we transported early on because his injuries did not appear to be that significant.  I just had an opportunity to talk to him and comfort him and let him know that everything was going to be okay...He was very professional and very cooperative with our emergency personnel on the scene."

Police say the bus driver advised them the bus had departed from the Greyhound Bus Station in Montgomery and was enroute to Mobile with himself and 52 passengers prior to the collision.  Thirty-six of the passengers requested treatment for non-life-threatening injuries ranging from minor bumps and bruises to minor lacerations of the lips, as well as neck and back pains."

Bright also talked to a few of the passengers and says,"They were just alarmed and some of them were in a stage of shock and did not know at that point of time the extent of their own injuries...The most important thing is we got the seriously injured passengers to the hospital immediately and then we had our MATS bus from the city transport the remaining passengers to the hospital.  I think they are going to be okay.  Of course, we won't know that until they get evaluated over at the hospital."

I-65 southbound and northbound were closed north of the Hyundai Boulevard due to the accident, but now officials say both sides of the interstate are back open and moving smoothly.

If you are concerned that a friend or family member was on the bus during the accident, call Greyhound at 1-800-972-4583.

Police say the accident is still under investigation and is the 20th fatality in the city for 2007.

If you are concerned that a friend or family member was on the bus during the accident, call Greyhound at 1-800-972-4583.

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