Utah - Passengers prevent highjacking of bus

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Man escapes after being wrestled off of driver by the passengers of bus.

-- Paul (skypilot99@aol.com), October 18, 2001


Greyhound in Utah was Denver-bound

By Denver Post Staff and Wire Reports

Thursday, October 18, 2001 - SALT LAKE CITY - A man tried to hijack a Denver-bound Greyhound bus on Interstate 80 on Wednesday night, telling passengers that he had a bomb, authorities said.

The man was unsuccessful and fled in a different vehicle. No one was injured in the incident.

The man apparently tried to overtake the driver at 9 p.m. about 15 miles east of Salt Lake, said Doug McCleve of the Utah Highway Patrol. The driver was able to safely pull the bus to the shoulder, and the 40 or so passengers got out unharmed.

Bus driver Gene Savage told KUTV that the man grabbed the steering wheel and said he was going to flip the bus. The driver said he kicked him away and was able to stop the bus.

It was not clear if the suspect had a weapon, McCleve said, although some of the passengers said they were threatened with a bomb.

The suspect, along with a woman he was traveling with, were picked up by a car and fled. That car, a teal-colored Ford Escort with out-of- state license plates, continued east on I-80.

Officers used a bomb-sniffing dog to look for explosives on the bus. An initial check did not turn up any explosives, McCleve said.

-- Joe (CactusJoe001@AOL.com), October 18, 2001.

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