Athletes, trucks, cars stranded on PA Turnpike – Allentown Morning Call

Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snowbound college athletes and teenage parishioners spent the night stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike — munching on snacks or watching movies to pass the time as they waited to be dug out from massive backups that stretched for miles brought on by a powerful winter storm.

More than 500 cars, trucks and buses that got stuck Friday night still hadn’t moved on Saturday, including buses carrying the Duquesne men’s basketball team and the gymnastics squad from Temple University. A group of 96 parishioners from an Indiana church — mostly teens — we also among the stranded.

The National Guard was called out to provide food and water, as well as chains and shovels while emergency workers on all-terrain vehicles checked on stranded motorists. Officials closed a 90-mile stretch of the roadway to allow maintenance workers to focus on those who were stuck.

“We haven’t moved one inch,” said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry told The Associated Press on Saturday morning.

Ferry said his players were running out of the leftover pizza they bought on the way home from an 86-75 win over George Mason on Friday afternoon.

“We’re getting pretty hungry,” he said. “We hope it starts moving pretty soon.”


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