Published: Sun, January 24, 2016
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Stranded motorists dug out on Pa. Turnpike

Stranded motorists dug out on Pa. Turnpike

Sixteen athletes from Temple University's women's gymnastics team, three coaches and their athletic trainer have been stuck aboard the team bus on the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Pittsburgh since 6 p.m. Friday.

Coach Jim Ferry said the team bus got stuck at about 9:15 p.m. Friday and hadn’t moved since. Spokeswoman Renee Colburn says front-end loaders and members of the National Guard began to dig out cars and trucks Saturday afternoon.

The team hadn't moved an inch since becoming stranded Friday night on its way home from an 86-75 win over George Mason in Fairfax, Virginia.

"We were proud that they stood up for a cause they believed in", Mr. McNeil said of students and adults who participated in the pro-life trip; he commended their reaction to the storm as well.

To pass the time, they posted polls on Twitter asking who should have to push the bus or who should get voted off the bus in case "desperate times call for desperate measures".

Representatives from emergency services informed the group that the National Guard will be coming around with food and water, he said.

"I have always wanted to be in a snow storm like this, and so have I my daughters but now I think that's over for them", Tami Witmer said. 'First responders from multiple state, county and local agencies are working together to address issues and ensure people are safe'.

Center said she could see more than 100 cars for about a half-mile ahead of her. People nearby are running out of gas, and many have been without food and water for a long time. "Some of the groups went and frolicked in snow to burn energy, but besides that we've been playing cards, doing homework, watching videos or playing games on our phones".

Salim-Beasley says her team's provisions are holding out. The team bus got stuck overnight on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the western part of the state as traffic backed up for miles. But the plan will likely change, Ferry said.

The students had left the March of Life in Washington, D.C., traveling the 175 miles for their hotel in Somerset, Pennsylvania, when they became trapped on the highway.



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