LEX 18 Digital Making A Difference: Community Helps Stranded Travelers

Posted at 6:03 PM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 18:03:03-04

Berea, Ky., (LEX 18) — A local chamber of commerce offered free meals to travelers after their bus broke down on Wednesday afternoon.

A Greyhound bus broke down off the interstate in Berea, said rider Phillip King. He had hoped to reach his destination from Lexington by Wednesday evening.

"Right out of the gate when we left Lexington, the bus was kind of jerking," he said. 

It had to be towed, he said, leaving passengers without a ride for hours. But it wasn’t all bad, said King.

"The good thing out of this whole arrangement is we got free lunch," he said.

A member of the Berea Chamber of Commerce drove by the bus and noticed the passengers were stuck. 

"We quickly checked with the bus station and found out they were going to be here a while," said Chamber of Commerce Director David Rowlett. "So we made some arrangements to get some food provided here at Lee’s Famous Recipe."

The owner of the restaurant is also a board member for the chamber, he said. 

The meal was the silver lining of a frustrating day, said King.

"Just got to keep a positive attitude," he said.