Police: Teenager on party bus hits head, dies
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) -- A teenager on his way to a Sweet 16 party was killed after he put his head out of the emergency hatch of a double-decker bus and hit the underside of a New Jersey highway overpass, police said.
The 16-year-old was among 65 teenagers aboard the bus Friday night as it crossed the George Washington Bridge from New York City, Port Authority police spokesman Al Della Fave said.
The accident occurred at the Fletcher Avenue overpass of Interstate 95 at about 6:30 p.m.
Alex Franco, a security guard on the bus, told the Daily News that he had warned the teens to leave the hatch alone.
"I told them not to open the hatch, like three or four times, but kids, they don't understand," he said.
Franco said he went downstairs to tell the driver that it was getting too hot.
"It was very hot. Everybody was dancing. Two, five minutes I was downstairs," he said. "Then I heard two guys screaming, `Oh my God, oh my God."'
Police said the teenager was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Designer Transportation, which operates the bus, expressed its "deepest heartfelt sympathy" for the boy's family.
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