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Stranded in the blizzard: John Carroll students stranded 14+ hours on highway

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NEAR BEDFORD, PA - For one group of students from John Carroll University, a trip to Washington DC turned into a bit of a snow odyssey.

Fox 8 spoke with Halle Harringshaw, 22, a member of John Carroll's Respect for Life student group. They left for Washington DC a few days ago to participate in the March for Life there. They heard the storm was coming, so they left the march early Friday to try to beat it.

But their plan didn't work. And now they've been sitting on the highway just outside of Bedford, PA for 14 hours.

Halle says they were moving along fine until they stopped for food. But during that time, one accident caused a backup, and then the snow started falling harder and everyone got stuck. She says there are about 18 inches of snow around them, but that everyone is in good spirits. They have movies and games, their phone chargers and a bathroom on the bus. They even conducted a mass on the side of the road!

Plows have cleared a space on the median, and cars are being sent off the road first. Halle and her group were told that they might be able to move by mid-afternoon. In the meantime, bus riders from all the nearby buses have been helping to push cars and clear snow off of vehicles.

As you can see in some of the photos Halle sent, the students are making the most of their snowy layover on the highway. Because if you're going to be stuck in the snow, you might as well do a little sledding and have some fun.

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