LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A three hour delayed start for passengers on a Megabus was nothing compared to the wait they experienced hours later.
The bus was en route from Chicago to Nashville, but broke down near Jeffersonville, Ind. in the early hours of Saturday morning.
"We're rolling, everything's cool. And we stopped right outside of Louisville at a rest stop," said Walter Wallace, a passenger on the bus.
Wallace said the driver told passengers the bus was experiencing technical difficulties, mentioning an overstocked baggage area that could be causing trouble to the tires.
"Finally we pulled off and maybe five minutes later, we're on an expressway and there was just a loud explosion, out of nowhere," Wallace said.
The explosion was a blown tire.
"So, we're just sitting on the side of the road, on this narrow bridge, with this big old bus," Wallace said.
More than six hours and one mechanic later, the passengers were still on the bus without heat or water.
"We all go with the state troopers, they take us to a Hardees right off the street," Wallace said.
Some passengers called family for a ride home, but others had no choice but to wait.
"It was freezing cold. My feet were so numb, I couldn't even feel feet. I've never been that cold a day in my life," Wallace said. "It was absolutely ridiculous."