If I were a Greyhound company official I’d be pulling my wires out over the Internet’s influence on our culture. I mean, look at this, just as a start:

Bus crash injures 40 people headed for Toronto
Updated Sun. Feb. 24 2008 6:17 PM ET

The Associated Press

MOSCOW, Pa. — Police say more than 40 people were injured today after a Greyhound bus heading to Toronto flipped over on an Interstate highway in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania state police say the bus was headed northbound on Interstate 380 early this morning when it went off the road and rolled over on the median.

There’s tons of this kind of stuff on the Internet.

Three dead after Greyhound rolls

Ryan Cormier, Alexandra Zabjek and Trish Audette, edmontonjournal.com

Published: Tuesday, November 06 2007
BEZANSON – The bus screeched across ice on Highway 43 this morning, fishtailed and rolled into a ditch.

Wallace Gouchey, whose truck had rolled in the ditch moments before, heard the passengers’ screams when everything stopped moving.

The Crooked Creek resident was still inside his truck down the road. Early morning darkness prevented him from seeing the aftermath of the Greyhound bus accident that killed three passengers, including a five-month-old boy.

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“(There were) lots of people standing, lying on the ground,” she [Viola Hetu] told Global News Edmonton. “It was horrible.”

Passengers were trapped under the wheels and emergency workers had to crawl under the bus to help them.

Fifteen police officers and 16 paramedics were on scene. Paramedics and firefighters pulled people from under the wreckage after the bus was rolled back onto its wheels.

“From an EMS perspective, things went very well considering the challenges – like road conditions, the distance to the scene and the number of casualties,” said Peace Country Emergency Medical Services member Rob Rearone.

Three people – an infant boy, his 20-year-old mother, and a 72-year-old woman – died at the scene of the crash. Their names were not released.

[….]

The accident was a second for Greyhound on the same stretch of road in two years.

In August 2005, a Greyhound bus slammed into two semi-trailers near Grande Prairie after a dense fog settled on Highway 43. No one died in that crash, but the bus driver was seriously injured and six passengers suffered minor injuries.

And then there’s those who tie up the bathroom on a long trip:

Bus rider recalls another gruesome incident

Man cut himself after locking himself in bathroom

Matthew Pearson, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Saturday, August 02, 2008

It’s no wonder Karina Hébert rents a car now whenever she travels to Montreal.

The Ottawa public servant was a frequent Greyhound rider until a gruesome incident in late January changed all that.

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Ms. Hébert says she was travelling through a snowstorm on a mid-afternoon Greyhound bus from Montreal to Ottawa on Jan. 22 when a man who had locked himself in the washroom began using a razor blade to peel off his own scalp.

Ms. Hébert said she had noticed the scruffy man in the bus station, fidgeting and talking to himself. When she boarded the bus, she saw him sitting in the back row, adjacent to the washroom.

The man later barricaded himself in the washroom for more than an hour, forcing the driver to pull off Highway 417 onto Highway 138, east of Casselman.

Ms. Hébert said the driver tried to talk the man into coming out of the washroom, but at first the man refused.

That’s when Ms. Hébert said something shocking happened.

“The guy opened the door and his face was completely, completely covered in blood. It was kind of like a horror movie. The only thing that stood out was the whites of his eyes,” she said.

The man was holding his still-attached scalp above his head, which she later learned from police he had begun cutting away at the back of his head below the crown.

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The driver then told the 17 remaining passengers to get off the bus.

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A police officer later told Ms. Hébert that by the time officers got the man out of the washroom, he had cut all the way around his scalp and down to the bridge of his nose or immediately below.

Still, she said the man did not make a sound and remained conscious.

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And then there was the beheading on a Greyhound bus last week that got top ratings on CNN and other news sites around the world.

Brandon Sun
Published: Thursday, July 31, 2008
BRANDON, Man. – Screaming passengers fled in terror from a Greyhound bus as an unidentified fellow passenger suddenly stabbed a man sleeping next to him, decapitated him and waved the severed head at horrified witnesses standing outside.

The apparently unprovoked assault left 36 men, women and children stranded Wednesday night on the shoulder of the darkening Trans-Canada Highway near Portage la Prairie, Man., about 85 kilometres west of Winnipeg, watching while the bus driver and a driver of a nearby truck shut the crazed attacker inside the bus with the mangled victim.

Greyhound’s spokesman Eric Wesley, speaking from Texas, said drivers are trained to get help as quickly as possible when incidents occur. Wesley noted, “Bus transportation is one of the safest modes of transportation.”

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