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November 19th, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Snowstorm leaves college kids stranded on bus for 30 hours

(CNN) – Niagra University's women's basketball team is getting some well-deserved rest after spending 30 hours stuck in the snow. They were headed back from a game when the storm hit, and brought their bus to a halt.

"It was just a complete standstill, it was a whiteout, we really couldn't see anything around us, we could see the FedEx truck in front of us," said Corinne Jones, the team's associate head coach. "I knew at that point it was time to take a nap."

The bus stayed idle the entire time, so the team had heat, access to a working bathroom, and power outlets.

"We could charge our phones and really get all over social media and tell our story and get some help," she said with a laugh.

As the leftover pizza disappeared, including the unpopular vegetarian option, the team grew "a little concerned," says Jones.

After evaluating their stock of granola bars and water, people periodically left the bus to gather snow to stay hydrated.

"We just weren't quite sure when we would be done with this journey," said Jones.

As night fell, the staff became stressed and anxious, worried about the 15 young women on the bus and their parents at home.

"At that point, we thought, what next? How are we going to get out of here?" said Jones.

It wasn't until 1 a.m. ET in the morning that they received phone calls from New York state troopers and the freeway authorities. First responders eventually arrived, bearing drinks and snacks, much to the relief of everyone on the bus.

"Seeing other humans that weren't on our team was a nice feeling for us," said Jones.

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