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Bus Involved In Fatal Overpass Incident Didn’t Have NJ Permits

This double-decker bus was involved in the Friday night incident. (credit: CBS 2)

This double-decker bus was involved in the Friday night incident. (credit: CBS 2)

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The company that operates a party bus in which a 16-year-old was killed didn’t have proper permitting in New Jersey.

Sixteen-year-old Daniel Fernandez died Friday when he stuck his head out of a roof hatch. His head hit an overpass as the bus traveled on Interstate 95 in Fort Lee.

New Jersey officials say Designer Limousines of Port Washington, N.Y., did not apply for a state permit required for vehicles over 13 feet, 6 inches high. The bus was 13 feet, 9 inches high, a Port Authority spokesman said. The accident remains under investigation.

Designer Limousines did not return a call for comment.

New York officials say the company had permits to operate three 48-foot buses on New York highways, but its over-height permits expired at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

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