JCU students stranded on PA Turnpike due to snow

Posted at 3:05 PM, Jan 24, 2016

A group of students from John Carroll University are glad to be home on Sunday after Saturday's east coast snow left them stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for more than 24 hours. 

The students, who were a part of the university's March for Life group, never imagined spending the night on the highway snowed in on a bus. 

The group said they left the march early, hoping to get back and beat the storm at around 2 p.m. 

But they weren't quick enough. 

The students were making their way back from a trip to Washington, D.C. when their bus was paralyzed by the snowfall. 

"We stopped in this one stop," said sophomore Janessa Brickman. "It was actually mile marker 132.8. It was kind of a joke between our group. So we got stuck there and sat on the bus there for 27 hours."

"It was crazy but we kept our spirits high," sophomore Sydney Kotoch added. 

LISTEN to what the students have to say about being stuck in the snow for more than a day in the video player above. 

Hundreds of people even joined together for a snow mass, complete with a snow alter. 

Then finally, the students took the matters into their own hands. 

"Nobody else was helping us so we just said we're just going to have to get ourselves out," Kotoch said. 

And just after 2 a.m. Sunday, it was home sweet home. 

"When I see the bell tower (at John Carroll University)," Kotoch said, "I might cry because I know I'm back."