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Diocese of Grand Rapids students, staff freed from blizzard

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sunday night, almost 100 people from West Michigan were able to make it home after being stranded for 26 hours along the Pennsylvania turnpike because of the blizzard that shut down the road.

The group was made up members of the Diocese of Grand Rapids who joined the "March for Life" on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade this week.

"We went to mass and we prayed. We went to the march and we prayed," said Justin Menno, a theology teacher at Catholic Central. "We then got stuck for 26 hours in the PA turnpike and then we prayed a lot."

The group left a day early to try to avoid the storm, but an accident brought the highway to standstill and eventually, the road was shut down.  

"We didn't realize it was going to be that long once we got stuck," said Elizabeth Urbik, a student at Catholic Central.  "We thought, oh it was just going to be a couple of hours more, then at some point we didn't know when we were going to get unstuck."

The group was fortune to have a working bathroom on their bus, and had extra snacks. Like good Samaritans, the group offered other drivers some of their food and helped get other cars unstuck.  

"I told them on the bus last night ... that I am grateful for them and love them immensely," Menno said. "I love them intensely, and ever more so after this march."

Slowly, the road was cleared and the bus was able to complete the journey. They made it back to Michigan late Sunday evening.

The hope is to go to the march again next year, minus the 26-hour bus ride home.  


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