Visiting camper seriously injured in fall from moving bus on Martha's Vineyard

A 13-year-old who fell from a bus window Wednesday afternoon was transported by medical helicopter to Boston Children’s Hospital.


2:20 pm, Thursday

A 13-year-old boy from New York visiting Martha’s Vineyard with a camp group fell from the window of a moving bus Wednesday in the Katama section of Edgartown sustaining serious head injuries.

The boy was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and later transported by Boston MedFlight to Boston Children’s Hospital where he remains in critical condition Edgartown Police said. The accident remains under investigation.

At approximately 4 pm, Wednesday, Edgartown Police and EMS responded to Herring Creek Road near Atlantic Drive for a report of a boy who fell from the window of a moving bus, police said in a press release. “Upon arrival officers found the victim, a 13-year-old juvenile from New York, lying in the outbound lane of Herring creek Road.”

Police said the boy sustained serious injuries. Witnesses told police the boy was with Camp Greylock. The bus is owned by Island Transport Inc.

Sergeant Joel DeRoche told The Times the group of about 50 to 60 campers was traveling in two buses accompanied by numerous counselors. “They were more than adequately staffed,” he said.

Sergeant DeRoche said the boy fell out of an emergency exit window. “How it got open is undetermined at this point,” he said.

The bus driver saw something out of the corner of his eye and when he looked back the boy was on the ground.

Camp Greylock, located in Becket, is described on the camp’s website as “the Northeast’s preeminent traditional residential summer camp for boys, entering its 100th summer on Center Lake, in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.”

The camp, founded in 1916, houses more than 400 boys, divided equally between a junior and senior campus. “Greylock features an unparalleled facility of nearly 300 acres on a beautiful lakefront campus and an instructional teaching program that is second to none,” according to the website. The camp offers “a structured program that combines game play and teaching in all major land sports, waterfront activities, nature/adventure, and the arts,” and stresses “the importance of citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, and friendship.”