June 24, 2018
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1 killed, 1 hurt falling out of tour bus in Mass.

By the-associated-press, Special to the BDN

SHIRLEY, Mass. — One man was killed and another injured when the two fell out of a bathroom window of a tour bus in Massachusetts that was coming from a brewery in New Hampshire, Massachusetts State Police said Sunday.

Police said Thomas Johnson, 31, of Gardner was killed when he fell Saturday night onto Route 2 in Shirley. Seth Davis, 34, of Winchendon was in fair condition at a Worcester hospital, a nursing supervisor said Sunday.

The Colonial Tours bus was heading back to Gardner in central Massachusetts from the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, N.H. The bus company and brewery did not immediately return calls Sunday.

Investigators were trying to determine what Johnson and Davis were doing that may have led them to fall out the window, state police Sgt. Matthew Murray said. Police believe alcohol was a factor.

“One of the avenues is whether it was some form of horseplay or a more aggressive interaction,” he said.

A trooper responding to an unrelated incident saw the two men lying in the highway’s breakdown lane, police said. Shortly after calling for emergency medical help, the bus driver contacted state police, reporting that “someone had fallen from his bus,” police said in a statement.

The Telegram of Worcester reported that state police interviewed the bus driver and several passengers.

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