Teen dies after highway jump from SC ambulance

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A teenager has died after jumping from a moving ambulance on an interstate highway in South Carolina.

The 16-year-old boy died shortly after the leap near Greenville while being driven to a psychiatric hospital in Columbia.

Coroner Mike Ellis says the teen was restrained on a gurney in the back of a Greenville Hospital Systems ambulance when he loosened his restraints, moved past an emergency technician, opened the door and jumped.

Ellis says the teen had been brought to the Greenville hospital Friday for aggressive behavior and was being sent for a psychiatric evaluation.

Emergency workers treated the teen before taking him back to the Greenville hospital, where he was pronounced dead minutes later.

An autopsy was planned Monday.

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