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Stranded Pa. Turnpike travelers turn to social media

| Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, 2:59 p.m.
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Students from Owensboro Catholic High School in Kentucky got stuck on the way to their hotel in Somerset on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.
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The Temple University women's gymnastics team was stranded on its way to a meet in Pittsburgh.

With plenty of time on their hands, travelers stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike took to social media to show their situation and kill some time.

On Instagram, a Catholic youth group from Bismark, North Dakota, got stuck heading home Friday from the March for Life in Washington. With several hundred participants, a Catholic priest led Mass in the snow.

A group of 37 students from Owensboro Catholic High School in Kentucky got stuck on the way to its hotel in Somerset.

“We are safe and we are healthy and that is the important part,” said Father Ken Geraci of the Fathers of Mercy, which helped chaperone the trip. “However, if a helicopter could drop off 14 large pepperoni pizzas, that would be great.”

The Duquesne men's basketball team, heading home from a game against George Mason in Fairfax, Va., hasn't moved since 9:15 p.m. Friday.

The Dukes players played charades, visited other buses and chased down pizza from an overpass. Senior forward Nick Foschia made a snow angel outside the bus last night.

They also seemed to be taking the situation with a dash of humor, as evidenced by a tweet a few hours ago:

The Temple women's gymnastics team was en route to Pittsburgh for a meet Saturday at Pitt. They've been stuck on the Turnpike since 6 p.m. Friday.

“Thankfully, we have a bus with a bathroom,” coach Umme Salim-Beasley told philly.com.

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