Additional details released on Adair County Bus Crash


February 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol, Friday, released additional information about a bus accident that occurred Thursday afternoon on Interstate 80, in Adair County. Officials say a 2013 bus registered to Chicago, IL-based MegaBus USA, LLC, was eastbound on I-80 near the Highway 25 exit, when the vehicle went out of control due to strong winds and heavy snow. The bus carrying the driver, 57-year old Scott Braaten, of Lockport, IL, and three female passengers, went into the south ditch and hit the exit ramp to eastbound I-80 before vaulting into the ditch on the other side of the ramp.

The passengers, who were not belted into their seats, were transported by Stuart Rescue and Adair Ambulance, to the Adair County Hospital in Greenfield, where they were checked out after complaining of pain. The passengers were identified as 52-year old Charlotte Knighten, 42-year old Ayanna Baggett, and 25-year old Balgees Ibrahim. The victims’ city of residence was not listed in the Patrol’s report.

The bus sustained $50,000 damage. No citations were issued.