Owensboro Catholic Field Trip Gets Stuck in the Snow for 19 Hours

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SOMERSET, PENNSYLVANIA — A group of students and chaperones from Owensboro Catholic are finally moving again after their bus got stuck in the snow in Pennsylvania for 19 hours.

Thirty-seven students, 11 chaperones and the bus driver were driving from the March for Life in Washington, D.C. traveling north to their hotel in Somerset, Pennsylvania, when their bus became stuck around 7:30 p.m. ET, with two semi-trucks miles ahead of them shutting down traffic.

Father Ken Geraci of Owensboro Catholic told Eyewitness News the bus had gas, some snacks and water. He said their last meal was around 12:30 p.m. Friday – a brown bag lunch. He said around the 10th hour, the bus bathroom reached capacity, and they had to “get creative.”

Father Geraci said the students had a very positive attitude throughout the whole ordeal and that it was part of the suffering and sacrifice of their pilgrimage. He said the students kept themselves entertained and “made the best of a bad situation.”

He also said he and other chaperones also left the bus to help others who were stranded on the roads, even welcoming some to take refuge on their bus. He told Eyewitness News the National Guard had been mobilized, but he had not seen them.

At around 3 p.m. ET, Father Ken said the bus finally started moving again. He said the bus will take them to the hotel, where they will all get a night’s rest, before continuing on their journey back home to Owensboro.

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