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PHOENIX (CBS5) -
The hero who saved dozens of lives when a Greyhound bus crashed west of the Valley is recounting what happened,  only to CBS 5 News.

"This person just flew past me and busted through the door," said 60-year-old Marine Corps veteran Jeff Hawkins. He was trying to catch some shut-eye on a Phoenix-bound Greyhound bus a few days ago but said he woke right up when he saw 25-year-old Maquel Morris attack their driver. 

"He's yelling and pulling at the steering wheel," Hawkins said. Hawkins said the driver asked for help, and he didn't think twice. 

"[I was] trying to grab him around his waist and pull him off the driver," Hawkins said.

The driver avoided oncoming traffic and hit a desert median, instead. Hawkins said he flew up and hit the ceiling. 

"I knew my sternum was broken because I could hear the crunching of my chest when I reached up for it," Hawkins said.

Morris, who denies being on drugs at the time, admitted to using meth days before the incident and has apologized. It's an apology that may take Hawkins a while to accept.

"I don't have the mobility to put my own clothes on," Hawkins said.  But he said if confronted with the same situation, he wouldn't act differently. 

"I'd hope for a better outcome.  But if I didn't help, who knows what would've happened," Hawkins said.

Three out of 50 passengers including Hawkins were flown to the hospital. 

Morris has been charged with endangerment, aggravated assault, and criminal damage. 

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