Teen falls out of party bus onto highway, others flee

Teen falls out of party bus onto highway, others flee

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A mobile celebration for a college-bound 19-year-old took a dangerous turn when the girl fell from a moving party bus, landed on a highway and lived to tweet about it -- but her friends didn't exactly flock to her side after she fell.

Burnsville police told FOX 9 News they fielded multiple calls reporting a body on the side of the road, but they say passengers aboard the party bus the young woman fell from were conflicted about helping their friend and helping themselves avoid underage drinking charges.

Nearly three dozen recent high school graduates rented the "Flirting Flamingo" party bus, but 19-year-old Katie Brown flirted with danger when she opened an emergency exit window and fell out onto Northbound 35W.

"Typically, when you find out somebody's along the side of the road, you think somebody has been hit by a car," Capt. Eric Gieseke, of the Burnsville Police Department, said.

Stunned drivers immediately called 911, but not a single call came from any of Brown's friends inside the bus. When they finally told the bus driver what had happened, he pulled off at the next exit and called police. By then, more than 20 minutes had passed.

"It's shocking she wasn't hurt more seriously," Gieseke said. "It's great news she wasn't killed."

Some kids did run back to help Brown, but the bus driver said the majority fled the scene because they were worried about getting in trouble. Out of 35 on the bus, only 11 were left after police were called.

Brown was taken to HCMC, where she is listed in satisfactory condition. She even tweeted about the embarrassing event while others scolded her classmates for running away.

"You hope people would apply common sense," Gieseke said. "You hope they'd be looking out for the victim and not themselves."

The bus operator said the driver was entering the freeway when Brown fell out, and estimated the speed at between 35 and 40 mph, which could explain why she wasn't more seriously injured.

The bus, which is owned by All Occasions Bus and Limo, passed inspections with the Minnesota State Patrol. Since the emergency exit was working properly, neither the driver nor the company were cited for violations.

The contract to rent the bus, which was signed by a parent of one of the partygoers, clearly states that no drugs or underage drinking is allowed. The bus company told FOX 9 News they even checked for booze before the kids got on board.

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