Niagara Women’s Basketball Team Rescued After Being Trapped on Bus for 26 Hours


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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.’’


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.

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.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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