#Pray4NUBB … #Stranded … #HelpUs! … #NUWBBStrandedonbus!!
There were more than a few panicked photos sent out on social media when the Niagara University women’s basketball team became stranded in what Buffalo residents called one of the worst lake-effect snow storms in recent history.
After picking up a loss at the University of Pittsburgh Monday night, the team bus became stuck in deep snow on I-90 just south of Buffalo on the four-hour return trip home. They remained there for more than a day before being rescued.
“It started to get bad fast at about 2 a.m. [Tuesday morning] and we came to a dead stop and haven’t moved since,’’ Niagara coach Kendra Faustin told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday night. “It was a rough weekend for us on the court and it just won’t end.’’
We are safe at toll plaza. Making our way to police station and then to campus. pic.twitter.com/cd7iWoWClm— Kendra Faustin (@kfaustin) November 19, 2014
After 26 hours on the bus, state troopers were able to reach the team and brought them to a nearby police station where another bus was ready to take them the final 30 miles back to campus.
State trooper brought water and granola bars. Took babies and passenger off the bus. Thank you thank you! Hope for us all to be home soon.— Kendra Faustin (@kfaustin) November 19, 2014
While stranded on the bus, the team remained in good spirits but had been running low on food, according to Faustin. Although there was four feet of water-based snow just outside the door, a dwindling water supply was a concern to the squad during the ordeal. The team did in fact turn some of the snow into water before rescuers arrived with a stock of supplies.
“We have snacks, some granola bars and pretzels,’’ Faustin said. “We found six bottles of water and have been rationing it. We thought we’d be here for a couple hours and a couple of hours turned into 12 hours. It’s now 24 hours.’’ Faustin’s one-year old son was also on the bus along with 25 players and coaches.
Staff pic pic.twitter.com/rdtROHl3sj— Kendra Faustin (@kfaustin) November 19, 2014
During the long wait to be set free from the snow trap, the Niagara women wasted no time to document their plight, taking to Twitter to spread the news from being stranded to getting rescued.
10 hours later pic.twitter.com/jfE4x6wiH2— 'hefāsim. (@omgsimonee) November 18, 2014
Off bus! These gentleman rescued us! pic.twitter.com/e6BhOax7c6— Kendra Faustin (@kfaustin) November 19, 2014
The Associated Press contributed to this report.