College Basketball, Gymnastics Teams Freed From Snow

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A university basketball team and a university gymnastics team whose buses were marooned in snow on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are heading home.

Buses carrying the Duquesne University men’s basketball team and the Temple University women’s gymnastics squad were among more than 500 vehicles that got stuck on the turnpike Friday night as a blizzard hit the region.

National Guard members and front-end loaders started digging vehicles out Saturday. The teams say they their buses were freed Saturday night. Duquesne says 15 basketball players, coaches and support staff members helped push their bus through the snow.

The blizzard has brought much of the East Coast to a standstill and shut down the nation’s capital. At least 18 deaths have been blamed on the weather, resulting from car crashes, shoveling snow and hypothermia.