Skip to comments.Police: NJ teen on party bus hits head, dies
Posted on 09/01/2012 12:27:42 AM PDT by South40
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) Police say a 16-year-old New Jersey boy was killed after he put his head out of an emergency hatch of a double-decker bus and his head hit the underside of an Interstate 95 overpass.
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65 teens on a bus going to a “party”
what kind of party?
where were the parents?
When I was a kid growing up in Florida we would take the bus to the lake, to go rollerskating on Friday nights and just about anywhere the bus owner (who was my aunt) thought she could make a profit. No parents were needed as she did a great job keeping us in line. We were smart enough to keep our heads inside the moving vehicle, though.
Poor kid. It was a stupid thing to do, but then teenagers often do a lot of dumb things (I know I sure did). I’m wondering if there weren’t any chaperones on the upper deck of the bus.
BTW, maybe it’s just because I’m getting old, but 65 kids all going to one Sweet 16 birthday? That’s a big honking birthday party!
How does a group on a bus go from Fort Lee NJ, to party in Garfield NJ (west of Fort Lee), by way of GWBridge which heads east into NY? am I reading info wrong? Or were parents misinformed about where party was?
My friends and I did a lot of crazy things when we were young, things so crazy I'm surprised we survived them. Jumping trains was nuts. Actually, jumping on when they were moving slowly while leaving the lumber yard was easy. Jumping from them when they were up to speed was nuts. Unbelievably, none of us were ever seriously hurt. And then there was snake catching, swimming in alligator infested waters, raiding one of the many stills in the area, the list goes on.
God bless him.
Good question. I’m not that familiar with NYC or NJ but I recall very well taking the GW Bridge across the river to from NYC to NJ.
Makes you wonder how and why we survived and kids like this didn’t.
I’m betting because we didn’t stick our heads out of an emergency hatch on a bus while speeding by an underpass. Just a guess. (RIP)
I may have never stuck my head out an emergency hatch of a bus but I’ll bet this kid never jumped from a moving train either.
When I was 16 I saw a friend turn around the corner so I stood in the street for a game of chicken. He sped-up and hit the brakes. Then I sat on the hood and he peeled out, sped for a couple of blocks and slammed on the brakes. While he sped i worked my way up the hood so I could better give him the finger. when he hit the breaks I slid down the hood just short of falling off.
That was 30 years ago and not something you forget.
I never jumped from a train but I touched the third rail.
This is most tragic. However, kids will do dumb things.
I guess next week the law suits will follow.
I feel very sad for the family. May God Help Them.
Jumping from a moving train, at night, hoping to land on the soft bank of a river 30' below and hoping/praying I didn't get skewered by something sharp or land near or on one of the billion poisonous reptiles or gators that inhabit northern Florida was, apparently, in my young mind, an acceptable risk.
I don’t recommend it but on that line the power turns on when a train is coming and off after it passes.
Scares the crap out people when you make a big show of it and fake a jolt. LoL!
Sorry to hear it.
This April, a kid walked out the rear hatch of a moving school bus while over a bridge in Jacksonville, FLfatally.
That is what I was thinking.
Some slip and fall, ambulance chasing lawyer will talk this kids parents in to suing the bus company and the bus manufacturer .
Instead of placing the blame where it belongs; on the teen or themselves for not teaching their son better they will turn their anger towards others in the mistaken belief that they should be more responsible or they should have know something like this would happen.
Funny how a sign that says Emergency Use Only doesnt apply to a foolish teen and somehow a greedy opportunistic lawyer will find some reason that a bus manufacturer should have found a better way to dissuade such a teen from sticking his head out of an Emergency Exit or designed an emergency exit that could not be opened during non-emergencies but could be relied upon to be easily opened in a real emergency.
The Tort lawyers will destroy this country with the willing participation of the Democrat Party.
ok I re-read, so the young man, was from NJ, musta went into city to catch party bus with others to come back to Garfield NJ. How things would have been different had he gone from his nj home to the party and skipped the “party bus”. Life is not just a party, but we tend to want to forget or ignore that and sometimes make life altering choices, compounded by not always following rules or guidelines when in vehicles with friends. very sad. my heart is with the family and friends.
not sure what happened to my last reply. I reread and my guess is the NJ teen went into city to then take the party bus with friends back to Garfield. Very sad he did not just head from his home to party location. made sadder that he did not follow safety rules of riding on the bus. my prayers and thoughts to his family and friends.
I'm now an old man and I've done a lot more stupid things by mistake in the past 20 years than I did in my first 20 on purpose.
ok, so I don’t understand why my response doesn’t show.
South40, I reread and NJ teen must of went to NYC to join bus group back to NJ. Very sad he risked his life by sticking head out the hatch, but as many on thread state, many of us have mave unsmart choices at times, especially when young.
hope this post makes it through.
Used to do snake catching and for poisonous ones at that too. We’d take sticks and shove them down the holes to get them to come out then use a Y rod to clamp their heads then throw them into a pillow sack. Never once did we even consider what would happen if we got bit. Teens do the stupidest things...: )
Teens have this immortality complex which causes them to do some really..stupid.. things.
“I never jumped from a train but I touched the third rail.”
I grew up in Brooklyn. We used to take the train to school. On the first day of 7th grade, two 9th graders dared my friend to ride in between the cars for a stop. To be part of the group he agreed.
The train hit the curve and my friend slipped and fell between the cars. What didn’t tear him to shreds electrocuted him. Was a very sad day.
is it usual for posts to take 2 hours to show up after you submit?
What could go wrong?
I enjoyed the comments on the thread about the dumb things people did as teenagers. Of course, the ones who ended up on the wrong side of the laws of physics aren’t able to write about it today ...
“I enjoyed the comments on the thread about the dumb things people did as teenagers. Of course, the ones who ended up on the wrong side of the laws of physics arent able to write about it today.”
It wasn’t just teenager years for me...although it’s less frequent now. A while ago I put a list together of things that I did that could have easily been life-changing events (jail, death, disabling injury, financial ruin, etc.). It came out to something like 50+ items. I may share it with my kids as they get a bit older, but I don’t to give them any ideas now.
if the kids are that stupid, keep them at home
Sometimes you don’t realize how stupid they are until it’s too late.
If you were to add in all the dumb things you did while driving that nevertheless did not cause an accident, you would probably be up in the many thousands. (I know I would be.)
Though both of us have forgotten most of these.
3 seconds later a drunk sideswiped us and got himself killed. My family wasn't hurt but shaken seeing the drunk with his head smashed through his windshield. After that I wouldn't so much as put a finger out the window.
Yep - my best buddy said he kept a sympathy card on hand to give to my Mom because he knew I wasn't going to get out of my teens alive.
In days of old I had notions of being a stuntman. A friend had a '73 Camaro. I decided to show him what a good stuntman I could be. We agreed that I would stand in the street; he'd drive up at about 20 mph. and I would roll off the hood as if I'd been hit. I worked too well. I rolled up the hood and put my knee through his windshield.
I didn't get hurt but he window cost me money. We agreed to pay half each because he agreed to it.
I did the same thing in Calumet Park one night. We were drinking (did I mention booze in the previous action?) and I stood with a friend in the middle of the road pretending to argue. As a car drove by he was to push me in front of it. It worked great. I rolled off the hood and landed in the grass. I lay there pretending I was out. The guy got out of his car and was freaking out asking, "Are you all right?"
I couldn't help myself I started laughing. I thought the guy was going to kill me.
Not good ideas but I DO remember them with some fondness.
This guy has got to be a Darwin Award candidate. He exited the gene pool in a gobsmackingly stupid way.
Let the suing begin..........
I had a couple of classmates who used to climb out onto a fourth floor ledge at school. I’m talking about a 3-inch ledge here. Peer pressure to stop being idiots meant nothing to them. The asst principal seeing them one day while driving by put an end to it before they killed themselves. They were in a special class for advanced students who were supposed to be mature enough to not need a teacher. LOL
“is it usual for posts to take 2 hours to show up after you submit?”
For new people, sometimes yes.
Here is a link to the NY Post story, it has answers to some questions that have been raised here (there was only one chaperone on board and yes the bus is a double-decker) and also a picture of this unfortunate young man and the bus itself.
The bus was travelling from queens to nj for the party. I don’t know why that would be unless it was just that the party was being held in Jersey. It appears this was another over-the-top sweet 16 affair, I can’t imagine what it must cost just to rent that bus!
It’s very tragic, the deceased was a very handsome young man. And judging by what others have said, and heck yes, even my own experiences, he was just miserably unlucky yesterday.
Duh, forgot the link:
Sometimes Mother Nature wins.
Low clearance .... what a way to go
Sibelius will immediately mandate the total reconstruction of the Interstate Highway System so that there is at least 15 feet of clearance between the roof of triple-decker buses and all overpasses. Yes, there aren't many triple-deckers around, but this is just in case they get popular.
“Low clearance .... what a way to go”
Right off the top of my head, I can’t think of a worse way.