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Greyhound Bus Horror Stories That Will Make You Want To Walk Instead

Let's face it, if you're riding a Greyhound bus, you shouldn't be expecting much. The low-fare transportation line has a deservedly maligned reputation for long, horrendous rides stocked with fugitives and the hygienically challenged. That being said, every once in a while, a headline pops up about a Greyhound mishap that's so disturbing it makes you pretty sure that buying a bus ticket would be akin to performing your own appendectomy with a spork - it's an absolute last resort. 

This list takes a look at some of the worst (known) things that have happened on Greyhound buses. From predictable toilet snafus to outright public executions, if you're traveling on a budget, Greyhound has you covered. These cautionary coach bus tales will make you think that next time a $27 fare to Topeka seems like too good of a deal to pass up, there's always the infinitely better option of hitchhiking near a halfway house for registered sex offenders. Let's take a look at some of the scariest Greyhound bus stories ever told. 

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    That One Time One Passenger Sawed Off Another Passenger's Head

    Sitting amidst a crowd of degenerates in a stale, vaguely urine-scented cabin is one thing, but nobody signs up to have their head sawed off by a deranged maniac when they buy a bus ticket. Unfortunately, for 22-year-old Tim McLean, that's exactly what he got while aboard a Greyhound just outside of Winnipeg in the summer of 2008. 

    McLean's fellow passenger, Vince Li, straight-up snapped during the journey and began repeatedly stabbing the sleeping man in the neck. The bus stopped, and other passengers fled, while Li began working on McLean's body, sawing his head clean off before pocketing his nose and ears. 

    As the escaped passengers looked in from outside the bus, they saw the terrifying scene of Li pacing up and down the aisle, holding McLean's head like the Headless Horseman holds a jack-o-lantern. Authorities eventually arrived and apprehended the man, who was off his Schizophrenia meds.

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    The Time A Deranged Passenger Attempted To Drive The Bus And Flipped It

    In January of 2014, an emboldened Greyhound passenger decided to take a democratic approach to operating the bus. 25-year-old Maquel Donyel Morris began hallucinating about 50 miles outside of Phoenix en route to Los Angeles, and his spirited vision told him he needed to take over the vehicle. Morris attacked the driver, but some fed up passengers came to the driver's aide, preventing the bus from heading into oncoming traffic.

    For his efforts, however, Morris still got the bus to plow into a dirt median, flipping it over in the process. 26 passengers were carted off by ambulance, which is still a more desirable ride than a Greyhound. 

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    The Time Roaches Poured From The Vents And Invaded The Cabin

    In what can only be described as something out of a horror movie, passengers on a Greyhound bus en route from Atlantic City to New York got a taste of a living, breathing nightmare in March of 2013. While the folks on board the bus were just trying to do endure a bus ride from the sad, seaside casino town - an experience that by itself is pretty bad - they were shocked and horrified when a cockroach infestation took over the cabin.

    Passengers reported roaches pouring out of the air vents and dropping from the ceiling, crawling across their bodies, nestling into their hair, and scurrying into their belongings. When you think Greyhound stowaway, you think serial-killer-on-the-run, but this is an almost unfathomably worse option.

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    The Time A Driver Fell Asleep At The Wheel

    When you're traveling by plane, you expect the pilot to be focused, sober, and generally unencumbered. When you've chanced your life on a Greyhound ticket, however, you're really just hoping the driver can stay awake. Well, some folks in San Jose didn't even get that luxury while aboard America's favorite discount travel service. 

    In January of 2014, 58-year-old Gary Bonslater fell asleep behind the wheel of the Greyhound bus he was charged with operating. The passengers, mostly asleep at the time, awoke to the horrifying experience of their bus tumbling on Highway 101. Two people died, and six others were injured in a grisly scene where the smoking, mangled bus had tossed its passengers onto the wet concrete, where some were found laying face down and unconscious.