FORT LEE, N.J. – A teen on his way to a sweet 16 party was killed after he stuck his head out of the emergency hatch of a double-decker party bus — and hit the underside of a highway overpass.

The unsupervised teens, in an effort to release heat from the upper cabin of the bus, opened a roof access emergency hatch, and that is when the victim popped his head out, striking the overpass.


A security guard hired to protect the teens said he warned this kids about the hatch, “I told them not to open the hatch, like three or four times, but kids, they don’t understand,” he said.

The guard left the mischievous kids to complain to the driver about the heat – and that proved a fatal mistake. The teens took his absence as their cue to crack open the safety hatch.

“It was very hot. Everybody was dancing. Two, five minutes I was downstairs,” the guard said. “Then I heard two guys screaming, ‘Oh, my God, oh, my God.'”

65 teens were being transported to the party on the rented party when tragedy struck.
The 16-year-old was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Designer Transportation, the company that operates the bus says it plans to conduct an internal investigation.

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