Megabus passenger recovering; thanks first responders

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Six patients from Tuesday morning’s crash involving a Megabus have now been released from IU Health Methodist Hospital. One patient remains, and he says he hopes to go home to Louisville Thursday.

Stacy LaMont Melson says he’s just glad the accident wasn’t worse. Police say the Megabus hit a car that had crashed into a median barrier near the Greenwood exit — but was sticking out into the roadway. The crash of the bus sent dozens of people to the hospital, but none of them were critically injured.

“Anything that you’ve seen in a movie, it’s just like it, except it’s real,” Melson said, describing the accident.

He was headed to Chicago from Louisville, and says he was sleeping, when he woke up to a loud bang.

“The bus started rocking from side to side, and you could just hear screaming. That’s when panic started happening on the bus,” he said. “After then, bam, we just started flipping. When the bus finally stopped, everybody was screaming, crying. I was in so much pain, I didn’t know where my pain was coming from.”

“I’m thinking, Lord, am I not going to see my wife and kids anymore? Because it was that horrifying of an experience,” Melson said.

Melson says he ended up with two women underneath him, another pinned, he says a seat was above him. He recalls seeing a man reaching down to help him.

The main thing he remembers from that chaotic scene he says, are the ones who rushed to help.

From passengers in the bus helping others, to those who stopped to help, to the emergency responders he’s hoping to thank.

“The firemen, they were just unbelievable. Seeing them in action. All you saw was them running back and forth, back and forth. Then you heard the chainsaw,” he said describing the action as emergency responders rushed to help people get out of the overturned bus.

Melson says he suffered a fractured breast plate, a bruised lung, and neck and back trauma.

“I don’t know what happened; I don’t know what caused the accident. I know a lot of it is under investigation. So I can’t say I fault anybody or won’t get on it again, because I don’t know what happened,” added Melson.

He says he’s just glad it wasn’t worse.

“I’m just thankful to be alive,” he said. “Definitely thanking god for the hand he had in protection, not only on me, but everybody on the bus.”

Melson says he’s hoping to head home to Louisville Thursday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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