Car going wrong way hits bus

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A car going the wrong way on a divided highway collided head-on with a Greyhound bus early Saturday, killing the driver of the car and injuring 20 others, police said. Panicked passengers crawled out the bus' windows after the crash.

The bus driver had tried to evade the oncoming car, police and a passenger said. Heather Marie Thomas, 23, was driving southbound in a northbound lane of Interstate 85, police Lt. Mark Drinkard said. Police said they did not know why the car was in the wrong lane or whether alcohol was involved.

After the crash, panic erupted in the bus because the door was jammed shut and the car was smoking, raising a threat of fire, passenger Clint Cannon said.

"People were screaming. They were handing babies out the windows,'' Cannon said. "It was a frenzy. There were people screaming 'Calm down!' There were people trying to push each other out of the windows. They thought the bus was going to explode.''

Drinkard said 20 people were taken to two hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.

Police Maj. David Warren said the bus driver prevented the accident from being worse.

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