Stranded Bus Travelers Frustrated In Wichita

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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There is one group of travelers seemingly forgotten in the chaos of winter weather. Bus passengers who have decided to leave the driving to someone else are now finding themselves among the stranded travelers across the country.

It was not a pretty sight to see. Frustrated and grumpy bus passengers just trying to get to their destination... and going nowhere fast. Many of the people on the bus in Downtown Wichita Friday night have been stranded for three days or more. Derrick Jones is trying to get to Mississippi.

"Stuck in Topeka for three days. Stay in a hotel three days," Jones said. "Just now finally getting on the move to come here and now we're here and they say when we get to Oklahoma City, I'm still looking at another day."

The winter snowstorm has paralyzed bus travel throughout the country. Companies like Greyhound are dealing with it as best they can. After having a car wreck in Missouri, Judy Benson was stuck in Columbia since Tuesday. She's exhausted and ready to get in the cab to go home.

"Tuesday and Wednesday, the buses didn't run at all," Benson said. "One lady told me Thursday the busses were running."

Another frustration for these travelers: Because of road rules, the bus driver was late because he'd already maxed out his road hours for the past day.

"I got a buddy that lives in OKC that said he might be able to come get me," said Jason Daniels as he waited to continue on to Arizona. "I'd stay the night with him, but he said it's snowing like heck there and there's nothing going south out of there."

Even three days after the storm hit the Midweat, bus travelers across the country are finding themselves missing connections. When asked to rate his frustration level from 1-to-10, Jones responded this way.

"Probably 11. Probably 11 plus."


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