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Greyhound bus riders pepper sprayed by fellow passenger in harrowing I-80 incident, CHP says

The Greyhound logo behind the ticket counter at the new Greyhound Bus terminal in Sacramento on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
The Greyhound logo behind the ticket counter at the new Greyhound Bus terminal in Sacramento on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. rbenton@sacbee.com

A man was arrested after allegedly pepper spraying passengers on a Greyhound bus Tuesday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

Twenty-six victims, one of whom jumped out of a bus window onto a lane of Interstate 80, required medical attention, said Auburn CHP Officer Chad Schmitt.

At about 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, CHP officers learned that a man had pepper sprayed multiple people on a Greyhound bus traveling west on Interstate 80.

The bus driver pulled to the side of the freeway near Bowman Road in Auburn. The suspect then exited the bus and jumped on top of a slow-moving van also traveling west, Schmitt said.

Officers on-scene saw the man “ranting and raving” atop the van, even punching it in an attempt to get inside, Schmitt said.

Schmitt described the incident as “kind of like a crazy TV movie.”

At about 8:44 p.m., officers arrested Edward Charles McLeod, 60, on suspicion of committing three felonies, including assault, battery, and possessing tear gas. He was placed in custody Tuesday night at Placer County Jail, where he was booked for all three charges, the CHP said.

About 26 victims affected by the pepper spray required medical treatment.

One victim, who jumped out of a bus window toward oncoming traffic to escape the assault, was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Hospital for a leg or ankle injury, Schmitt said.

The westbound side pf I-80 was closed while the victims were treated on scene, then quickly reopened. The rightmost lane remained closed for two hours following the incident, Schmitt said.

A new Greyhound bus arrived to transport all other passengers from the scene at about 10:45 p.m.

If you have information about any of these people, please call 800-222-7463.

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