Police: Rider grabs steering wheel, crashes DDOT bus

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A passenger caused a Detroit Department of Transportation bus to crash Friday on the city’s east side — hurting herself and two others, police said.

The 29-year-old woman had been arguing with other passengers on a bus crossing Gratiot about 3:55 p.m., Detroit Police Lt. Elaine Miles said.

The driver of coach No. 1415 asked the passenger to leave, but she refused and then grabbed the steering wheel, police said.

That caused the driver to lose control and “veer off the road,” Miles said. The bus ran over the sidewalk, striking a light post and mailbox before stopping near Wilfred, she said.

Once emergency personnel arrived, the woman and two other passengers were taken to St. John Hospital for treatment, police said.

The extent of their injuries was unknown Friday evening, but police said none appeared to be life-threatening. The driver, identified as a 46-year-old woman, was not hurt. It wasn’t clear how many other passengers were on board.

Charges have not yet been filed against the woman, Miles said.