RICHMOND – A car that collided with a Greyhound bus on an Indiana highway, killing the car’s driver and injuring 19 people on the bus, had just been stolen and was headed in the wrong direction, authorities said.
Phillip Lloyd, the driver of the stolen 1999 Ford Mustang, died at the scene of the Sunday morning collision on Interstate 70 near Richmond, Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa said. Lloyd was from Richmond.
It had been reported stolen from the Love’s truck stop just prior to the crash, said Cappa, adding that it was unclear how Lloyd ended up going westbound in the eastbound lane. He declined to give Lloyd’s age.
The bus, which was carrying the driver and 23 passengers when it was struck, was headed from St. Louis to New York City. It also was scheduled to stop in Dayton, about 35 miles east of the crash site.
Most of the injured were taken to Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond for treatment. Most had only scrapes, cuts and bruises and were soon discharged, said hospital spokesman Larry Price.
Greyhound spokeswoman Alexandria Pedrini said the driver was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, but she said she couldn’t release any information about the driver, including the nature of the driver’s injuries.
Two buses were dispatched to Richmond for the passengers, she said.