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Incredible Corn Maze decides 'Zombie Bus' will remain closed

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Jeremy McSpadden was killed Friday evening at The Incredible Corn Maze Jeremy McSpadden was killed Friday evening at The Incredible Corn Maze
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Hauser, Idaho - 3 days after an 18-year-old West Valley High School senior was killed during a tragic accident at the Incredible Corn Maze, maze organizers have broken their silence. The Kootenai County Sheriff says Friday evening Jeremy McSpadden was run over by a bus while he was playing the part of a zombie.

During the attraction, called "Zombie Bus", participants shoot paintballs at fake zombies who are trying to board the bus. The Sheriff says McSpadden likely lost his footing in the uneven terrain and was run over by the bus. He was found a short time later by another employee, and declared dead at the scene. The Corn Maze had issued 2 statements about the incident, the first being that they were closed the last being that they would have no further comment until the investigation into McSpadden's death was complete. That happened Tuesday afternoon, when the Sheriff determined this was a tragic accident, but not a criminal case.

A short time later, the Corn Maze posted the following statement on their Facebook Page:

"There are truly no words to express how heartbroken we are as a result of last weekend's tragic accident. We are sending constant loving thoughts and prayers to Jeremy's family and everyone who has been affected. We are a very close knit group. All of our volunteers are like family to us. We are all grieving and trying our very best to care for one another during this indescribably difficult time.

After much thought we have decided that out of respect for the McSpadden family, the Zombie Bus attraction will remain closed. We will reopen all other attractions at the maze starting this Saturday morning at 11am.

We want to thank everyone who has reached out to the McSpadden family and all of us with words of kindness, support and loving thoughts and prayers. We ask that all of you continue to keep the McSpadden family in your thoughts and prayers. The Inland NW is an incredible community that embraces its own in time of need. We all feel so blessed to be able to call this community our home."


So far funeral announcements for Jeremy McSpadden have not yet been announced.

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