HAUSER, Idaho — A night of fright and fun at a Halloween attraction at an Idaho corn maze turned tragic Friday, when an 18-year-old acting the role of a zombie was run over and killed by a bus carrying paintball-gun-wielding passengers, according to KHQ.
Jeremy T. McSpadden Jr., 18, of Spokane Valley, Washington, was a role player in the “Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus” attraction when he tripped and fell under the wheels of the bus.
Deputies say McSpadden had been running towards the rear of the bus when he fell down and was run over by the rear tires. It wasn’t until after the bus cleared the area, that they noticed something had gone wrong.
The bus was reportedly traveling slowly and the uneven terrain and bumpy ride meant people on the bus didn’t initially realize anyone was struck, sheriff’s deputies said.
The attraction is new this season, and according to the corn maze’s website, customers ride the bus and shoot paintballs at the zombies as the vehicle drives through the corn maze.
Neither speed or alcohol appear to be factors.
A recording on the corn maze’s information line Saturday morning said, “We are sad to announce that all of the attractions, including the free drive-in movie, will be canceled for the remainder of the weekend.”
Hauser is a town near the Washington state border, about 15 miles from Spokane Valley, where McSpadden lived.