A 17-year-old girl was injured and had to be rushed to a hospital after falling out of a party bus full of Corona Del Mar High School students who were headed to prom Saturday night, authorities said.
The incident occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. on the southbound 73 Freeway just north of Newport Coast Drive, according to the Orange County California Highway Patrol.
The bus was moving when the female occupant fell out of one of the windows and onto the roadway, according to the CHP.
She was able to get to the center divider while the bus driver stopped the vehicle on the right shoulder, a CHP news release said.
“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,” said witness Colleen Kreuger, whose vehicle was about 20 seconds behind the bus.
“I was running toward where the girl was, and one of the boys started heading toward me. I asked him what had happened,” Kreuger continued. “He said, ‘My friend fell out of the window of the bus.'”
About 55 people were on the bus when the incident took place, the CHP said.
The left lane of the freeway was temporarily blocked while emergency personnel treated the girl, who was then transported to Mission Hospital with minor to moderate injuries, according to the CHP release.
Later that night, she posted an update on Twitter.
“There is an angel looking over me, thanking god to be alive,” Charlotte Boyse wrote. “Thank you all for your concern.”
Boyse was discharged from Children’s Hospital of Orange County on Sunday evening after being transferred there from Mission Hospital.
The incident was under investigation.
KTLA’s John A. Moreno, Geoff Peters and Tim Dechant contributed to this report.