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.