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After 26 hours, NU women's team rescued from I-90

Posted at 5:10 AM, Nov 19, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-14 05:10:55-05

After more than 24 hours, the Niagara University women’s basketball team has been rescued from their stranded bus on I-90.

The team was around two miles from the toll barrier Tuesday when their bus came to a standstill.

"We've been sitting here so long that we're completely snowed in. There's four feet of snow around the bus. "We're running low on water so we've been taking cups and putting snow in them and letting them melt," said head coach Kendra Faustin.

Deputies with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers delivered juice, soda and snacks to the team around midnight. A couple hours later, State Police brought water and granola bars and took a few members off the bus.

Finally, around 4 a.m. Wednesday, rescuers pulled the remaining members of the team, including the head coach, from the bus. They were taken to the tolls and from there will travel to the police station before making their way back to the university.

The team became stranded around 2 a.m. Tuesday on their way back from a game against Pittsburgh, meaning their ordeal on their bus lasted 26 hours.

The team finally started on their trek back to the university around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.