Bus passenger dies after altercation with off-duty driver along I-17

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. – A 53-year-old bus passenger died following an altercation with an off-duty driver early Friday morning.

Deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office responded to a call regarding a disorderly passenger on a Greyhound bus about 2:45 a.m. The bus was heading from Phoenix to Flagstaff.

YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the deputies found an unconscious man lying outside the bus, which had stopped along Interstate 17 due to mechanical issues.

Medical personnel arrived and attempted to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as Tommy Clayton, of Phoenix.

Deputies interviewed the bus driver, the off-duty driver and several of the nearly 50 passengers. They were told that the passenger began arguing with the driver while the bus was stopped. He then attempted to assault the driver.

D'Evelyn said an off-duty Greyhound driver intervened and became involved in a physical confrontation with Clayton, who collapsed inside the bus.

At this time, investigators do not know if the confrontation resulted in Clayton's death or if other associated factors were involved. The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The off-duty driver was interviewed by detectives and the investigation is ongoing.

No arrests have been made.