Schoolgirl fell through moving bus window - found on verge by principal
A teenager who was seriously injured after falling out of a school bus window in Co Fermanagh is lucky to be alive, says her mother.
Aiobheann McBrien (16) was returning to St Kevin's College in Lisnaskea from a religious service when the back seat window fell out and she was thrown from the moving bus on to the road.
The pupil was found on a grass verge on Knocks Road by school principal Gary Kelly, who was travelling behind the bus in his car.
She was rushed to the South West Acute Hospital where she required 17 stitches in her ear, staples in her head and was treated for cuts, bruising and pain all over her body.
Her mother Nuala said she was recovering well but added that the incident "never should have happened".
"She was at the doctor's and they could only remove seven of her stitches, as the rest aren't healed up enough," she told BBC NI.
"Her back and body are still very, very, sore.
"Her face is all cut and grazed but they are healing up, and thank God all her wounds will heal.
"How or when she could fall out, we just can't understand it.
"Mr Kelly had hired a bus from the education board to bring the children to Mass.
"They were travelling back and were going round a corner and it just happened that Aiobheann must have stood up at that time.
"She said she stood up to say something to her friend who was on a back seat.
"The next thing she was gone. She does not even remember going out through the window."
Aiobheann told the BBC that she felt lucky to be alive, and called for more checks to be carried out on buses owned by the Education Authority.
"Really, the window should never have come out - there was no force put on it," she said.
A spokesman for the Education Authority said it was investigating the incident and added it would be "inappropriate" to comment any further.