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Family relieved and grateful that son survived crash

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Apr 11 2014 07:51:43 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 11 2014 09:00:15 PM CDT
ORLAND, Calif -

A San Diego family is grateful that their son survived Thursday's deadly crash on I-5 in Orland.  The Hoyts arrived at the Glenn Medical Center Friday afternoon to pick up their 18-year-old son Harley.

"He never looked better," said Harley's father, Vic Hoyt. "I want to thank everyone for their prayers.  He must have a guardian angel watching him."

The younger Hoyt has a vivid recollection of the moment of the crash.  "Once there was impact the front of the bus was on fire and smoke started coming through.," said Harley Hoyt. "And the fire had started, so I said we've got to get the h-e-l-l out of here."

Hoyt was sitting on the tour bus's driver's side next to an emergency exit and escaped immediately. "All I did was open that thing and push it.," he said. "I had to kick it open and straddle it."

Other than a minor arm injury and cut lip, Hoyt came away unharmed. "I'm so thankful I'm here. I'm so grateful I'm alive," said Hoyt.