PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A 50-year-old woman is facing charges after she called 911 reporting that the Greyhound bus she was riding on had been hijacked.
Police say the bus was traveling from Pittsburgh to the Baltimore, Maryland area on Friday evening.
The passenger, Alesia Fermon of Los Angeles, allegedly called 911 just before 5 p.m. when she thought the bus was going the wrong direction and had been hijacked.
Police eventually found the bus on Interstate 79 southbound near the border of Allegheny and Washington counties.
However, the bus was not going in the wrong direction, nor had it been hijacked, they say.
“We immediately sent all available cars out onto the interstate to try and track this bus down,” said Trooper Matt Jardine, of Pennsylvania State Police. “The bus was located just south of the Allegheny County border, in Chartiers Township, Washington County. A tactical entry was made onto the bus and the bus driver and the calling passenger were both questioned.”
It’s unclear what caused the woman to believe it had been hijacked.
“No, she just felt the bus wasn’t going in the correct direction. She thought something was afoot,” said Trooper Jardine.
State police say Fermon had been traveling from Las Vegas to Baltimore.
Police say none of the of the other passengers on the bus were in danger.
Fermon is charged on several counts, including risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.