College freshman trapped on closed train hours after fleeing Hurricane Irma (video)


FLORIDA — A college freshman, who evacuated from her university in Fort Myers ahead of Hurricane Irma, is now so traumatized she may never ride trains again.

Claire Connelly, from Highlands, New Jersey, was horrified when she woke up in an empty train in the dead of night in Raritran, two hours away from her home.

The 18-year-old told that she spent $1,000 on a plane ticket from her Fort Myers college town, for a flight that laid over in Detroit. After eventually landing in Newark, New Jersey, she still had an hour train ride before reaching her home town of Highlands. But the freshman was exhausted, and she fell asleep.

“I fell asleep reading biology note cards,” Connelly said. “I was just exhausted from all the chaos.”

When she awoke, she immediately began filming her panicked reaction, as she realized the train was completely empty and seemed to have been closed for a while.

“I literally just fell asleep on my train,” the teen said in the video posted on Twitter. “I’m on a train, there was no one on, I was screaming at the top of my lungs for help. No one answered, the train was completely empty and shut down for the night.”

She was relieved to see her phone maintained a 5% battery charge, allowing her to make a 911 call. Raritran police soon arrived to unbolt the train door and waited with her at the station while her parents came to pick her up.

“Honestly, I probably won’t take the train again, I’m pretty horrified,” she tweeted.

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