Greyhound Driver Gets Off Bus in Rural Missouri & Leaves Passengers Stranded For 8 Hours (Video)

Travel nightmare.
A Greyhound bus driver got off her bus in Charleston, Missouri and walked away. She left the passengers stranded for 8 hours before another driver took them to St. Louis.

The bus driver will be disciplined on Monday. (KSDK Photo)

KSDK reported:

Passengers say it was a travel nightmare. A Greyhound bus bound for St. Louis was stranded all night at a truck-stop after the driver got off the bus and never came back.
Passengers say the first problem on the trip happened in Sikeston. They say the driver kicked a passenger, 65, off the bus in Sikeston because she didn’t like what he was saying. The bus continued North on I-55. Around Cape Girardeau, the driver pulled over and stopped the bus on the side of the road. She told passengers she was leaving. She locked the door and went outside to wait for a ride. Passengers called 911 and police ordered the driver back on the bus.

But instead of heading north to St. Louis, she turned the bus around. She got off the interstate in Charleston, MO and got off the bus for good. The passengers were stranded at a truck-stop. They called Greyhound for help, but it took hours to get a new driver. They ended up spending the night on the bus.

“She did it twice,” passenger Danyel Thompson said of the bus driver. “She locked us in on the side of the highway and then the second time she just left. It was horrible.”

They finally arrived in St. Louis just before noon, nearly 12 hours after they were scheduled to arrive.

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  • dunce

    I would like to hear the other side of this story, how much abuse was she getting from these passengers.

  • NeoKong

    There is definitely more to this story.

  • Jimmy

    They look like people out of a Stephen King movie. Her mistake was driving them in the first place.

  • jony101

    passengers can be very rude to the bus drivers, I’ve seen it many times. I wonder what really happened.

  • wolf

    That’s what happens when one hires a driver susceptible to PMS, LOL!

  • Jim

    At some point, Richmond said, the driver ordered an unruly passenger off the bus. She said that was within the driver’s discretion but some of the remaining passengers objected.

    Read more:

    Want to bet he was just keepin it real to the applause of his “fellow” passengers?

  • Diamond Girl

    You might think twice before you…Go Greyhound!

  • Schaeffler219

    I can’t believe there was no one on the bus man enough to just take the damn keys the second time she tried to split the scene. No change I would have been locked on that bus. Zero! Although I haven’t been on a bus since grade school. Very strange story…

  • dwd

    Disciplined? She should be FIRED.

  • Stuart

    The driver didn’t mention something about a certain John Galt before she disappeared by any chance did she?

  • Francesca

    About their appearance . . . they probably looked better at the beginning of their ‘adventure’.

  • Patty

    When the bus driver kicked off 65 year old…Police should have been called right away.

    This could have all been prevented. Never just assume these drivers are thoroughly background check and all is hunky doorie, because it is not. And try to get a record of your driver’s past trips and his or her work record. That should be public. If not make other plans.

    Passengers called 911 and police ordered the driver back on the bus.

  • Patty

    here is another scenario, Hot wire and get a competent passenger to drive back to Bus station.

    Not suggesting it but better than what happen here.

  • Doris

    Just courious, was the driver white? was this a racial mater. all the passengers look black and i have been in situations before when I was the only white person. they can be overwhelming with racial remarks when in numbers

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    I loved riding Greyhound when I was a kid (almost forty odd years ago), but with the general deterioration of manners and civility over the years, I wouldn’t do it now. At least not in the U.S.

    I rode Greyhound Australia in the early 2000s, and that experience was what bus travel here used to be like – no shady people and no difficult passengers.

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  • Patty

    This is one monopoly Greyhound wishes not to be a part of.

  • Patty

    #15 November 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm
    Blacque Jacques Shellacque commented:

    Sad commentary on our nation’s morals and values, now isn’t it.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Sad commentary on our nation’s morals and values, now isn’t it.

    What’s just as sad is that getting back what we lost is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

  • Kissmygrits

    Looks like women and minorities hardest hit. Say, isn’t Rush Limbaugh from Cape G?

  • rohn

    I say give the bus driver her opportunity to explain the situation and why that was her recourse. Could be she felt threatened or unsafe, if so, she was justified in walking away. The other thing she should have done was to notify her supervisor of the situation and her intended actions.

  • burt

    They are patient souls. I would have used my cell phones long before eight hours pasted.