O.C. Girl Survives Fall From Bus Onto Highway On The Way To Prom
A Corona del Mar High School student fell out of a bus and onto the highway on the way to prom on Saturday night.
Charlotte Boyse, 17, sustained only minor injuries but unfortunately had to miss her senior prom in what can only be described as the worst prom night ever. (No reports on whether or not Boyse was one of the girls chosen in Corona del Mar High's infamous prom draft.)
The bus was traveling on the toll road State Route 73 on the way to the prom venue when Boyse fell out of the vehicle. She was leaning against a window to make room for another passenger when the window gave away. Quick reactions from classmates sitting next to her probably spared her from serious injuries, as two other riders grabbed her as she was falling out. "They held onto her for a second, a second and a half," said Boyse's father Conrad, who was on board the bus with about 55 other passengers when it happened. That extra second allowed her to right herself and kept her from landing on her head, according to Corona del Mar Today.
The bus continued on for about a quarter mile because the driver didn't believe dozens of high school students screaming to pull over because somebody had fallen out.
Boyse, sustaining only bruises and abrasions from the fall, managed to make her way to the median. When the bus driver finally pulled the vehicle over, the driver ordered students to stay on the bus. Naturally they didn't listen and several used the same window that Boyce had fallen out of to climb out onto the road.
"I noticed a girl kind of crawling off the freeway, into the center-divider area, and there were, I think, two boys, at that point, who were just getting to her," a witness told KTLA. "I was running toward where the girl was, and one of the boys started heading toward me. I asked him what had happened. He said, 'My friend fell out of the window of the bus.'"
Boyse was taken to the hospital by ambulance, where several of her friends joined her in lieu of attending their prom. An assistant principal took her twin brother from the prom to join his sister at the hospital that night. Boyse's friend Payton Gronnerud tweeted a picture from the hospital which showed her doing well aside from being confined to a hospital bed:
In good spirits in spite of missing her senior prom, Boyse let the world know on Twitter from the hospital on Saturday night that she was OK:
There is an angel looking over me, thanking god to be alive. Thank you all for your concern💙— Charlotte Boyse (@CharlotteBoyse) June 8, 2014
Boyse was discharged from the hospital on Sunday evening.