Driver, 25, talks about fatal Megabus crash

A double-decker Megabus traveling between Chicago and St. Louis slammed into a concrete bridge support on Thursday afternoon, August 2, 2012.

August 30, 2012 9:56:45 AM PDT
The 25-year-old driver who was at the wheel during a fatal Megabus crash in south-central Illinois says he did everything he could to control the double-decker after a tire blew out.

Preston Taylor tells the Chicago Tribune he gripped the steering wheel tightly after hearing a front tire pop but didn't hit the brakes because he didn't want to cause a rollover. Taylor says the disabled bus didn't react to his attempts to steer.

The bus struck a bridge pillar along Interstate 55 near Litchfield on Aug. 2, killing one passenger and injuring nearly four dozen others.

Taylor suffered a facial fracture and Achilles tendon damage from flying glass. He says he's undergone three surgeries and is scheduled for one more plus a skin graft.