High School Student Survives Fall from Moving Bus
Details of the Newport Beach Bus Incident
According to Corona del Mar Today, the incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes near the Newport Coast Drive exit.
The bus was on its way to the Corona Del Mar Senior Prom; about 30 couples had chipped in to rent the bus, which had inward-facing seats.
Charlotte Boyse, 17, had leaned back to give someone room to move past her in the bus when she began to lose her balance. The window of the bus which was hinged at the top gave way to the weight of her body as she began to fall backwards.
She was grabbed by two of her friends, but they could not save her from falling out the window and onto the pavement of 73 Toll Road. Boyse ended up landing on her backside against the pavement.
Bus Driver Stops after a Quarter of a Mile
Boyse was able to stand up and get to the median where she waited for about 10 minutes before a couple driving by noticed her and called 911.
The remaining students on the bus tried to get the bus driver to stop, but he did not do so until about a quarter mile down the road.
Boyse sustained serious bruises and abrasions but no broken bones or other injuries. She was taken by ambulance to Mission Hospital and later transferred to Children’s Hospital of Orange County and is expected to be released today.
California Highway Patrol officials are investigating the crash but could not be reached for comments and information.