Geoffrey Fieger files lawsuit over Greyhound crash; Bus service blames driver’s …

DETROIT, MI — A Detroit man and two other passengers of a Greyhound bus that overturned in a September crash have hired colorful trial lawyer Geoffrey Fieger to sue the bus service, alleging negligence that caused “severe and permanent injuries.”

Greyhound bus no. 633 was headed to Detroit on I-75 in Liberty Township, Ohio around 3:50 a.m. Sept. 14 when it left the highway, struck a tree and a fence and slid down a hill before coming to a stop in a cornfield.

Some passengers were trapped inside and had to be extricated by police and fire personnel. Of about 50 passengers, 34 suffered injuries, none life threatening, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced after the crash. Six were flown to hospitals for treatment.

Feiger last week filed a lawsuit on behalf of Rayvar Williams of Detroit, Lorianne Stevens of Halladay, Tenn. and Tyrone Allen of Winston-Salem, N.C.

The complaint asks for at least $75,000, accusing bus driver Dwayne Garrett of “falling asleep or otherwise being distracted as he operated the vehicle on I-75,” and claiming the passengers suffered “severe mental and emotional disturbances… stress, anxiety, fear, tearfulness (and) trembling.”

The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker in Grand Rapids.

A different group of passengers in October filed a separate federal lawsuit in Detroit over the same crash.

Greyhound has not responded to the most recent case, but did file an answer to the October complaint.

In it, the bus service claims Garrett suffered from a sudden medical event at the time of the crash.

“The defendant’s driver, Dwayne Garrett, was subject to a sudden medical emergency which thereby precludes any claims of negligence against this defendant as a result of same,” Greyhound’s lawyers wrote.

The company denied negligence, argued that the case should have been filed in Ohio and
asked that it be dismissed.

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