- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A late-night Greyhound bus ride through Arizona turned harrowing when witnesses say a man rose from his seat and screamed, “Everyone’s going to die!”

Passengers then watched in disbelief as the man began hitting the driver and grabbing the steering wheel. The bus swerved, hurling people from their seats.

“Everybody is jumping and flying and screaming,” said passenger Susana Ordinola, 48, of San Bernardino, Calif.

Authorities say several passengers stepped in to subdue the man as the bus ran off Interstate 10 early Thursday, only 50 miles from its next stop in Phoenix. It came to a rest in a median, missing some vehicles speeding down the highway at 75 mph by 6 feet.

The ordeal ended with more than half of the roughly 40 passengers injured - and some of them angry.

The 25-year-old man, who reportedly was hallucinating, ran off into the desert but returned a half-hour later. Some passengers cursed and threw rocks at him before paramedics intervened.

The bus was traveling from Los Angeles to Dallas when it went off the road shortly before 2 a.m. near the community of Tonopah.

The man “basically went berserk in the bus and grabbed control of vehicle,” Harquahala Fire District Chief Dan Caudle told KPHO-TV.

The Greyhound crossed the highway median but came to a stop before entering westbound traffic when other passengers restrained the man, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

“The passengers descended on him,” DPS spokesman Bart Graves told The Associated Press.

The bus remained upright, and none of the 24 people taken to hospitals had life-threatening injuries, the agency said.

Three were airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, but a hospital spokeswoman said one of them was later released. Fifteen people were taken to hospitals in Goodyear and Buckeye, and five were admitted.

The injuries included a broken sternum suffered by one passenger who helped restrain the attacker, said Officer Carrick Cook, another DPS spokesman.

The agency identified the attacker as Maquel Donyel Morris, of Los Angeles.

Ordinola described the experience while waiting for a bus back to California. She said she heard other passengers complain to the driver about Morris during a stop in Blythe, Calif. She then saw the driver talk to him.

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