Brawl breaks out on Chinatown bus en route to North Carolina

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RICHMOND, Va. — A misunderstanding between a bus driver and a group of passengers ended in a brawl on I-95 Monday morning.

The Chinatown bus was traveling from New York to North Carolina and was supposed to make a stop in Richmond, Va.

State police told WTVR the driver did not speak or understand English and wasn't aware he was supposed to make a stop in Richmond.

When passengers asked him to stop and he refused, they took matters into their own hands.

“There was a lot of commotion going on and I thought for sure someone was going to call 911 before me,” passenger Corey Daniels told WTVR.

Passengers started pummeling the driver and things got out of control, according to Daniels.

“He was dragged out of his chair, the bus was actually swerving in and out of lanes for a half mile or so.”  Daniels told WTVR that is when he texted his mom, asking her to call 911.  “I was able to do everything silently by sending her my GPS location.”

Daniels said this incident proved that buses should have an emergency plan the same way planes do.

The bus driver did not press charges against any of the passengers but he was ticketed for driving the bus without a commercial driver's license.

State police told WTVR the bus belonged to General Bus Inc. out of New York.