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College Student Falls Asleep On Train - Horrified By What She Wakes Up To

One young woman recently endured a terrifying experience on a train, and she's sharing it with the world.

A New Jersey girl attending college in Fort Meyers, Florida jumped on a train north to get out of the path of dangerous Hurricane Irma. The exhausted college student fell asleep on the train, and by the time she woke up, she found herself completely alone. The terrified student filmed her reaction and called 911.

Claire Connelly, an 18-year-old freshman, was exhausted after a long, cross-country evacuation effort. The student told NJ.com that she spent almost $1,000 to get a plane home, with a long layover in Detroit before she landed at Newark Airport. She then hopped on a train for an hour-long ride back to her home town. Her parents were supposed to pick her up from the station on Wednesday night, but she never stepped off the train.

The weary traveler fell asleep on the train. "I fell asleep reading biology note cards," she said. "I was just exhausted from all the chaos."

When Connelly woke up, she was shocked to realize that she was all alone on a stationary, abandoned train. She pulled out her phone and began filming. "I literally just fell asleep on my train," she said in the video that she posted to Twitter. "I'm on a train. There is 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."

Her phone was only down to 5 percent battery, so Connelly was terrified. She quickly called 911 to ask for police to help, then called her parents to tell them what happened.

Raritan Borough police arrived to help the woman get out of the train. They then waited outside the station with the student until her parents arrived. Connelly complained that the cops were pretty rude. They chastised her for not staying alert and for falling asleep on the ride.

Connelly also found out that she had taken the wrong train. She realizes it was just one big mess, and she takes responsibility for her part. But she doesn't think the whole incident was her fault. "The guy who checks tickets didn't even notice mine said Middletown," she said.

She also added that they should have checked the train to make sure everyone was off at the last stop before the crew left for the night.

New Jersey Transit official spokesperson Nancy Snyder said that they are investigating the incident. Snyder noted that it's pretty rare, but she did add that, "It's the conductor's responsibility to check the train."

All in all, it’s unlikely that Connelly will be taking the train again anytime soon. “Honestly, I probably won’t take the train again, I'm pretty horrified.”

Hurricane evacuation, a long flight with an even longer layover, and being left and forgotten on a train. It sounds like this young student is just having a really bad week. Hopefully, things will get better for her when the skies clear again and the sun comes back out in Florida. At least, for now, she’s home safe and out of danger.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube, Twitter

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