Bus Passengers Delayed for Hours

Passengers riding a Greyhound bus from Atlanta early Wednesday ran into an unexpected delay here in Meridian.

The bus broke down at Union Station, stranding passengers for hours. The people affected included a serviceman who was returning from leave and a woman trying to get to a sick relative.

Several passengers were concerned about missing their connecting buses in Jackson, and were upset about the lack of information from the bus line.

"So I'm going to Alexandria. And now, I don't know. It could be delayed a day after I actually get to Louisiana," said Army Private Charles Earwood, stationed at Fort Polk, La. "So I don't know what's going on. I got my leave extended because I just called my unit, but it's ridiculous."

"And I was standing over there crying. He says, ma'am I can't help you. We can't do anything. I said, can you call there and tell them, have the bus wait for us? I said the most it'll be is an hour late. No, I can't do that. I'm sorry, I can't do that, ma'am. You'll just have to go. I don't have anything to do with that. It really upset me," said Patricia Stewart, who was trying to get to Mena, Ark., for an emergency. "I mean, my daughter has, she's panicking. She's already called me six times on the phone."

A replacement bus arrived while Newscenter 11 was there late Wednesday morning. The other bus apparently had transmission problems.

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