JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Greyhound Lines has released a statement following a crash and subsequent DUI arrest of one of their drivers.
A Greyhound driver was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence after the bus crashed about a mile from the bus station Wednesday night.
Thirty-one-year-old Erika Nixon appeared in Jackson Municipal Court on Thursday to face the misdemeanor charges.
Crystal Booker, Communications Specialist with Greyhound Lines, Incorporated released the following statement Friday.
Greyhound employees are strictly prohibited from coming onto company premises, reporting to work or working with prohibited substances in their systems. Additionally, drivers and mechanics are subject to a drug and alcohol testing program that includes pre-employment screening as well as random, post-accident, reasonable cause, return to duty and follow-up physical examination testing in order to ensure the safety of customers and team members.
Nixon began her employment with Greyhound on June 29, 2015. Nixon’s CDL (commercial drivers license) is currently active and completely clear with no restrictions or violations.
The incident occurred on a route headed from Jackson to Birmingham. Currently, one passenger remains hospitalized.
As passengers were being rescued from the Greyhound bus, Nixon was being administered a breathalyzer.
She was behind the wheel when the bus landed on its side off the on-ramp at I-55 and Pascagoula Street.
One passenger said the bus overturned three times.
Nixon pleaded not guilty in court.
Judge Ali Shamsiddeen gave her a secured bond, allowing her to be released after processing.
Nixon requested she be allowed to continue driving privileges.
Her license was taken when she was issued the DUI and arrested.
The judge set her trial date within 30 days, so she would not require a permit to drive within that time.
This allows Nixon to legally keep her license while she awaits trial.
According to the Jackson police, Nixon has a Jackson address.
Investigators said 22 of the approximate 30 people on board were transported from the scene to local hospitals. All reportedly suffered minor injuries.
Posts on Nixon’s Facebook page indicate that she began working for Greyhound in 2015.
One photo indicates that Nixon had alcohol in her purse on her way to the job interview.
She also has various alcohol related posts, including pictures of bottles and cans.