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Suspect apologizes for Greyhound bus crash

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"I apologize. I never meant to hurt anyone," said 25-year-old Maquel Morris in a jailhouse interview Monday afternoon. (Source: CBS 5 News) "I apologize. I never meant to hurt anyone," said 25-year-old Maquel Morris in a jailhouse interview Monday afternoon. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The man accused of causing a Greyhound bus crash west of Phoenix said he is sorry people were injured, but denied striking the driver.

The driver was praised as a hero after bringing the bus to a standing halt in the rough median of Interstate 10 near Tonopah, though three passengers were badly injured and 23 others suffered minor injuries.

"I apologize. I never meant to hurt anyone," said 25-year-old Maquel Morris in a jailhouse interview Monday afternoon. "I had nothing to do with anything man, I just wanted to go home, which I still do want to get home safely."

Contrary to what he and his girlfriend told authorities on the day of the crash (Jan. 23), Morris denied being on drugs at the time of the incident, though he admitted to using methamphetamine several days before.

He said all he did was kick the bus door separating the driver and passengers because he believed someone with a gun was going to kill him.

Morris boarded the bus in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, and he said they were on their way to Tennessee.

Passengers, including Gregory Fort, told Arizona Department of Public Safety officers that Morris threatened to "tip" the bus and that he tried to grab control of the steering wheel from driver Ray Cunningham.

The bus left the eastbound lanes of I-10 and traveled about 500 yards in the median before coming to rest just 6 feet from the oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes, according to a DPS report.

"Why everybody wanna blame me?" Morris said. "All of it was avoidable. Let's review the tapes. From the time I got to the Greyhound, to the time my ticket was counted, to the time I missed the first bus, to the time I got on the second bus."

When asked if he did anything to take the bus off course, Morris said he was through talking. "That's all I want people to do, just review the tapes."

Morris faces dozens of criminal charges.

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    Report: Suspect threatened to 'flip' Greyhound bus

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    Wednesday, February 12 2014 11:21 AM EST2014-02-12 16:21:08 GMT
    (Source: CBS 5 News)(Source: CBS 5 News)
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