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Passengers Injured When Bus Overturns On I-95

November 25, 1995

NORTH EAST, Md. (AP) _ A Greyhound bus veered off Interstate 95 and rolled over on its side Friday, injuring all 37 people aboard. Some passengers said the driver seemed sleepy just before the accident.

``Before we flipped, he was swaying, he was weaving,″ said Charles Barksdale, who was sitting about 10 seats behind the driver. ``And then he went off the bank, ... caught control of the bus again and swerved back into the traffic. Then he lost it all the way.″

State police refused to release the name of the 33-year-old driver, who was not seriously injured. No charges had been filed against him as of Friday evening.

Police ruled out drugs and alcohol as the cause, but were investigating whether the driver was tired, said spokeswoman Laura Lu Herman.

The bus was headed from Fayetteville, N.C., to New York when it crashed about 42 miles northeast of Baltimore. The weather was clear, the pavement was dry and that section of highway is straight and level.

All the passengers were taken to area hospitals. Two remained in serious condition Friday evening.

Mart Heires, a spokesman at the company’s Dallas headquarters, said the driver had not worked in the prior 24 hours.

The driver ``was well within his limits,″ Heires said. ``He should have been well rested.″

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