Anderson County deputies said a bus driver tried to strand some 43 passengers after the New York-bound bus broke down on Interstate 85 Tuesday night.
According to an incident report, the Golden Horse Bus Line driver called the company’s owner after the vehicle broke down at a weigh station. Passengers told deputies the owner eventually arrived to pick up the driver and his wife, intending to leave the rest of the passengers for another bus that would come by the next morning. The owner disputed the claim, saying he was trying to arrange hotel rooms and transportation.
Before the owner and driver could leave, passengers surrounded the car as they called deputies. Officers said the owner ended up putting the passengers up for the night in a local hotel. A detention center van transported them to the hotel. Another bus picked them up to resume the trip Wednesday morning.
Golden Bus Lines is based out of Chamblee, Georgia.
Ed Jenson contributed to this report