Teen on Bus Killed After Poking Head Out Roof Hatch

He struck a highway overpass on George Washington Bridge
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 1, 2012 9:00 AM CDT
Stock image. A New Jersey teen was killed in a gruesome accident on a bus.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A teenager headed to a Sweet 16 party was killed after he stuck his head out of the emergency hatch of a double-decker bus and hit the underside of a highway overpass, police said. Daniel Fernandez, of Sayreville, NJ, was among 65 teens aboard the bus last night as it crossed the George Washington Bridge from New York City, said police. The 16-year-old was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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.'" (Read more teenager stories.)

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