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Boy who Stood Up on Double-Decker Bus and Got Struck by an Overpass Still in Critical Condition

A friend said the injured teen was among a group of South Bay students celebrating another passenger's birthday.

A double-decker bus that tours Hollywood. Patch file photo.
A double-decker bus that tours Hollywood. Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 11:30 a.m. July 12, 2014. Edited with new details.

A 16-year-old boy was hospitalized today with critical injuries sustained when he stood up on the top deck of a double-decker tour bus as it was about to pass under an overpass in El Segundo, authorities said.

Gage Stroman of Manhattan Beach, said he was among a group of people who carried the boy to the bottom deck, where he was treated by paramedics and taken to a nearby hospital.

Stroman, 17, challenged reports that emergency respondees found the injured youth lying on the  shoulder of the San Diego (405) Freeway north of El Segundo Boulevard -- near where the accident happened at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday.

"That makes it sound like he was knocked off the bus onto the 405," Stroman said. "That's not what happened. We took him downstairs on the bus and that's where he stayed until help arrived."

Stroman said he and the injured teen where among a group of South Bay students celebrating another passenger's birthday. He said he was near the boy when the accident occurred, but didn't see what happened.

"I heard a scream and looked up and he was down," Stroman said. "We all ran over to him."

NBC4 reported that the Starline Tours bus was traveling about 45 mph when the youth stood and was struck by the Arbor Vitae Street overpass.

--City News Service


Autumn Johnson July 12, 2014 at 09:33 PM
@Patrick: I have looked at the original headline. The word clobbered literally means "hit (someone) hard" so although the verb may seem harsh, it does succinctly describe what happened to the teen. Sadly, because the verb has been used in certain arenas as a joking term, I can understand how some folks might take offense to it. However, this editor's use of it was with not with the intent to offend anyone; she was merely trying to get all of the information into one smaller headline and she quickly edited it once she learned people were upset.
Tracy Chaney July 12, 2014 at 09:43 PM
@Patrick - I wrote a message as well…mine was sent to the administrator of the MB Patch Facebook page (which still has the word "clobbered" in the title): To whomever titled the story about the Manhattan Beach teen who was critically injured on the bus accident....SHAME ON YOU! Using the word "clobbered" is absolutely unacceptable - not to mention insensitive to this wonderful young man & his family! I'm certain that a responsible & sensitive reporter/writer could have found another more respectful way to describe this tragic accident. The family of this boy is asking for prayers and a miracle...they are one of the most loved families in the South Bay & most anyone who has ever met them or their 4 amazing children are all in tears over this accident. I'm sure if you were writing about your one of your own family members you would never choose the word "clobbered" to describe the accident. Please use better judgement in your wording - and it would be a nice gesture for you to ask for prayers for the family as they are one of our own here in Manhattan Beach. I normally love reading the updates from Manhattan Beach Patch, but this one really upsets me. Respectfully, Tracy Chaney - Manhattan Beach I sent it 6 hours ago & have not yet received a response. @Penny - will you please edit the title on the Facebook page as well?
Kris July 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM
@Autumn - I can think of many adjectives that literally mean "to hit hard". There's no excuse whatsoever for the poor choice of words Penny used, and there are SEVERAL more PROFESSIONAL words that can be used while still keeping her headline small. Come on, give me a break! Unfortunately this isn't the first article of Penny's that isn't up to the "professionalism" I'd expect from a news writer. I have heard from friends of friends of the family the condition of the boy, but I don't feel it's appropriate to comment here about that, due to privacy issues. Prayers and thoughts to ALL involved. :(
Kris July 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Oh, the title has now been changed. I'm sad it took complaints and not common sense to do so, but happy it's been edited nonetheless.
Kevin Salk July 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM
Please pray for the family. An awful tragedy that as a parent I could not imagine losing a child.

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