Drunk Witnesses, Chaos Slow Party Bus Death Probe

Chaotic scene, uncooperative witnesses in fatal party bus incident.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Aug 2, 2012  |  Updated 4:47 PM PDT
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Drunk Witnesses, Chaos Slow Party Bus Death Probe

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What exactly happened to cause a 25-year old woman to "fall out" of a party bus to her death?

Investigators want to know. But witnesses can't remember, for reasons including drunkenness and a chaotic accident scene, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

A Party Bush Santa Cruz vehicle was traveling 45 mph on state Highway 17 back to Santa Cruz on Friday night when two women began to fight near the back door, the newspaper reported. Both woman fell out, and 25-year old Natasha Noland was crushed to death beneath the wheels of the bus.

The 20-year old Felton woman who fell out with her suffered road rash. Her family is not talking to media.

The California Highway Patrol says that upon arriving, they found drunk witnesses all over, some hiding in bushes, some who had fled the scene. Nearly a week after the accident, CHP are still trying to find out how many people were on the bus, the newspaper reported.

Other former passengers of the bus company say that they noticed problems with doors before -- and the company also lost its permit to bring passengers to the airport, the newspaper reported.

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