A 17-year-old Orange County girl who fell out of a party bus window and onto a freeway on her way to prom was crediting her friends on Monday with saving her life.
Charlotte Boyse sustained only minor injuries when the incident occurred Saturday night on the southbound 73 Freeway just north of Newport Coast Drive.
Boyse, a student at Corona Del Mar High School, told KTLA she was dancing with her friends on the bus when she started leaning up against a window that was closed.
“Then the bottom of it just opened up, and me and a friend started falling backwards,” she said.
Someone facing the two was able to immediately grab the girl next to her and prevent her from falling out the window. Her friends also tried to get Boyse but were unable to pull her to safety.
However, Boyse said she believes their quick-thinking actions saved her life.
“Because they were able to hold onto my hand, my head didn’t hit the ground and my butt did, so I really think they saved my life,” she said.
Boyse managed to crawl to safety to the freeway’s center divider. Some of her friends then jumped out to help her after another person got the bus driver to stop the vehicle.
She was taken to Mission Hospital for her injuries and then transferred to Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where she was released Sunday night.
“I’m ok,” she said on Monday. “I’m a little banged up obviously from the roadway, but it could be much worse.”
Boyse, who didn’t have any broken bones as a result of the fall, described her injuries as “nothing serious, thankfully.”
The teen’s father said it was miraculous that she survived given the initial fall and the fact that she landed in the middle of the freeway.
“It’s one miracle after another,” Conrad Boyse said. “It’s an amazing story of her friends coming together helping her.”
KTLA’s Wendy Burch contributed to this report.