There have been a lot of questions regarding party buses after the tragic death of a Nebraska Wesleyan University student last weekend. Officials believe that 22 year old Maury Lorence of Doniphan was left behind at a truck stop and while walking along I-80 near Lincoln he was hit by several vehicles.
Party Express Bus Nebraska was not involved in last weekend’s incident but owner Joe Bisgard explains how they operate. He says they are a transportation service regulated by the Nebraska Public Service Commission and they allow alcohol and drinking on the bus. Party Express Bus Nebraska does not serve or sell alcohol to passengers
Bisgard says the person who rents the bus is responsible for anything that happens on board and to the vehicle. He says that person tells the driver where to go, how long they stay at one location and who gets on and off.
Do passengers get left behind? Bisgard says all the time. He says, “Sometimes people are having a good time at a bar and they don’t want to get back on the bus. We are told to go by the person who rents the bus. That customer says its time to go – we go.”
Bisgard says most rent the bus so they can drink and not worry about later getting behind the wheel. His company also drops passengers off at home or at a hotel.