MA: Driver Arrested After Crash With MBTA Bus Injures Passengers

Aug. 12--Transit Police have arrested the driver of a car that collided head-on late this morning with an MBTA bus in Randolph and charged him with operating under the influence of drugs after the crash sent more than a dozen passengers to the hospital.

Stephen Griswold, 30, of Franklin, is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Quincy District Court.

Police said Griswold was traveling southbound on North Main Street in a 2006 Ford 500 sedan at about 10:40 a.m. when he crossed a double-yellow line and collided with a Route 240 bus headed north with 34 passengers on board.

Thirteen passengers were treated for complaints of neck and back discomfort at area hospitals, police said.

Griswold alleged "stated that he became dizzy prior to the accident," MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.

Alan Dor, 20, of Boston, said he was out walking on North Main Street in the same direction the bus was traveling when he saw a blue sedan approach from the opposite direction "probably going about 80 miles per hour.

"The bus driver was in his lane and the guy swerved into his lane," Dor said. "The collision was really bad. I saw people (on the bus) just flying. I heard people crying. The guy in the car was bleeding and slumped over the steering wheel."

Dor said it appeared to him the bus driver "had just finished letting passengers off. The bus driver was trying to get out of the way, but he didn't have enough speed to move in time. It sounded like a big bang -- like the sound linebackers make colliding."

Dor said some passengers tried to get off the bus in the midst of the confusion, but the driver "was telling everyone to remain calm and stay in their seats."

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