'Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus' Runs Over, Kills Teen
A popular horror-themed attraction in Idaho turned into a real-life horror when a teenager who was role-playing as a zombie at a corn maze was run over and killed by a bus carrying paintballers.
While performing as a zombie for the "Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus Ride" the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser, Idaho, 18-year-old Jeremy McSpadden reportedly tripped and fell under the rear wheels of the bus as it rolled by.
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office released a statement on their Facebook page:
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Investigation Team has concluded its preliminary investigation of the fatal incident that occurred at the “Incredible Corn Maze”, in the “Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus” attraction. Patrons of this particular part of the Maze board a bus, essentially a modified school bus, with paintball guns mounted outside the windows, and shoot paintballs at “zombies” who emerge from the maze and other hiding places and “attack” the bus.
Investigation to this point indicates that the victim, Jeremy T. McSpadden Jr. was performing his zombie role, emerged from his hiding spot and ran toward the bus. As he did, multiple witness accounts indicate he stumbled, falling forward and landed directly in front of the passenger side rear tires of the bus, and was immediately run over. It appears that McSpadden Jr. was killed instantly. The bus was moving in a forward direction at the time and was described as “creeping along” at a speed that did not even register on the speedometer.
Due to the uneven terrain of the corn field, rocking of the bus is common and nobody was immediately aware of the tragedy that had just occurred. Many of the patrons believed it was just part of the ride. It was not until the bus had traveled away from the victim’s location and the role players began to reset for the next bus to come along that anyone realized something was wrong. Emergency services were immediately summoned. .
An autopsy is pending. The results of that will most likely not be available for a couple of weeks. There is no further information available at this time.
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