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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  • by ME Location: Quitman on Oct 30, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    I would personally like to applaud Mr. Bob Wilson (the Greyhound agent in charge & also on duty @ that time) for all the kindness and generousity that he REGULARLY shows to everyone. He is a good man and is not responsible for what happened not worthy of the rudeness shown to him that day
  • by Karl Location: Meridian on Oct 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    Joesph, come on, really! Do they have coffee service on the bus? On the train? No, then an articulate man as yourself should understand that you can help yourself to coffee from where ever you can get it. Is is not due you as a right. Greyhound ticket contract gets you from point a to b. It does not get you on your terms. Your terms are nowhere on your ticket. You agreed to accept their terms. You should be happy that you broke down here and not in a remote location. Just outside the station is a wonderful coffee shop run by an awesome preacher. You could have gone there and even treated the soldier or some of the elderly to a cup of coffee or, if you couldn't afford it, with your company and grace. Instead, you chose to insult the travel of those individuals with your antics and still do it. That soldier, an adult, knows that they can call their post and report the delay in their travel. The people with the emergency are the real tradgedy here. I hope they made it okay.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Oct 29, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    Joseph, Get a grip!! That mindset is exactly why, in your mind, racism is still alive and well in the South. Yes there are still some that are racists-I'm not denying that, but the South has come a LONG way from where we were 50 years ago. There are some people, no one in particular of course that feel that they are entitled just because of something that happened 100 years ago. Yes it was a horrible time, and yes it was wrong but it's over. Get over it. Just because Amtrak didn't offer you a cup of coffee doesn't mean they are racists. I can also assure you that your interview not being included in the nightly news had absolutely NOTHING to do with race. I personally would much rather hear about a serviceman returning home from war not being able to get where he is going than some holier than thou "educated" moron.
  • by John Location: Meridian on Oct 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    Sounds like Joseph just wanted to see himself on t.v.
  • by WTOK on Oct 29, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    Joseph did call a Jackson, Miss., TV station to report this story. WAPT then called WTOK. Joseph expressed to us his outrage on the phone and mentioned the young serviceman who was trying to get back to his base. Newscenter 11 interviewed 4 people, including Joseph. In putting the story together, dealing with time constraints, we were able to use two interviews. We focused on the two that we felt most people would relate to on a personal level, that being a young serviceman needing to get to his post and a distraught woman trying to reach her family during an emergency. Their race was not a consideration. In his interview Joseph talked about coffee not being offered and passengers not being told collectively how the situation would be handled by the bus line, that people had to go up individually to the counter to ask. We saw this as a story more about emotions than, hey, a bus broke down or someone was rude. As someone stated previously, that "happens all the time".
  • by Joseph Location: Atlanta on Oct 29, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    I am the person who initiated the phone call to the news station, also the one who greeted Chris (the camerman) from WTOK, I am also African American. The one thing that is very apparent to me is that racism is still very much alive in the deep south. Let's be clear, black on black racism is just as overt as white's try to be covert in their display of racism. I am a educated, articulate man; why would that matter? Why was the one person who initiated the call to the news station interview omitted? Can we get a greater understanding of the event in order that we don't sound ignorant and basis, rudeness is determined by the individual a comment or act is directed toward.
  • by ME Location: Quitman on Oct 29, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    It really must have been a slow day for the news...this happens regularly in all transportation..And as far as the agent on call when this happened--he is a really good person--I can't believe he was rude to anyone, especially people in distress--there are regular customers who will deal ONLY with him...Come on..give it a rest
  • by Jack Location: Newton on Oct 28, 2009 at 03:35 PM
    Y is this a news story? This happens all the time with airplanes, trains, and buses. come on isn't their some real news that can be done?
  • by kathy Location: Phila. on Oct 28, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    Stop looking for the bad and look for the good in life. You could have been on the side of a road in the middle of no where. We all want what we want when we want it and have quit looking at the good in a problem. Thank the lord you were in Meridian instead of the side of the road.
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