(RICHOMOND) - A car that collided with a Greyhound bus on an Indiana highway Sunday morning had been stolen and was traveling the wrong way, according to authorities.
Phillip Lloyd, who was driving the stolen 1990 Ford Mustang, died in the crash west of the 149 mile marker on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Richmond around 7:00 a.m., according to Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa. Lloyd was from Richmond, which is near the Ohio border.
Cappa said 19 people on the bus were injured. Most were treated for scrapes, cuts and bruises at a Richmond hospital, but a dispatcher said the bus driver had to be airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital. About half of those treated in Richmond were released by 4:00 Sunday afternoon, according to Reid Hospital spokesperson Larry Price.
The bus was carrying 24 passengers and the driver, according to a Greyhound spokesperson. The bus was traveling from St. Louis to Dayton, Ohio, and ultimately to New York City.
The Mustang was reported stolen from the Love's Truck Stop in the 2600 block of U.S. 35 just before the crash. As of 4:15 Sunday afternoon, investigators were still unclear how Lloyd entered the interstate, but confirmed he was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes. The interstate in that area is divided by a median with a cable strand barrier.
Brandi Schroeder, an Indianapolis woman who drove past the accident scene, said the bus ended up off the highway's shoulder and the Mustang was badly crushed.
Investigators are still looking into this incident.
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