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53 Metro East students stuck on Pennsylvania Turnpike return home

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(Credit: Adam Cowgill) (Credit: Adam Cowgill)

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- More than 50 students from the Belleville dioceses are returning home after being stuck on a Pennsylvania turnpike Saturday as they attempt to return from the ‘March for Life’ trip in Washington, D.C.

The students were assisted by the National Guard and American Red Cross and stayed in a gymnasium in Bedford, Pennsylvania overnight..

“At the time we first stopped there wasn’t much on the ground,” said trip chaperone Adam Cowgill. “The snow was coming down pretty hard.”

The group consists of grade school students and high schoolers from Belleville East, Mater Dei and St. Teresa High Schools. After leaving Friday’s events, the bus made it to the turnpike before being turned around by authorities. They spent time at a truck stop before thinking it was okay to get back on the road. However they became stuck around 8:30 p.m. Friday.

“They attributed the initial stop to accidents further up the turnpike,” Cowgill added. “So we were stopped here and the snow just kept falling and falling and we woke up to being covered in snow almost.”

There were also four other buses stuck behind them filled with students from the dioceses in the Metro East. The Archdiocese of St. Louis canceled their trip to Washington, D.C. due to the weather. 

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