Dozens of Greyhound Passengers Stranded by Winter Storm
By Chris Conte
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Dozens of Greyhound bus passengers are being forced to spend their second night in Nashville after snow and black ice brought traffic to a halt across the deep south Tuesday.
"I've been stuck here for two days. A lot of people are frustrated, some people are sad, some people are mad and some people are just angry," explained Willie McEwen who was trying to get to Birmingham, Alabama.
The Greyhound bus station in downtown Nashville was filled with tired, worn down and frustrated passengers on Wednesday, some who haven't been able to shower in days.
"The greyhound managers they gave us a sandwich, they've been doing the best they can," said passenger Guerline Lamarre.
"They offered to open us a shelter just for us, but the gentleman was honest and said sleeping on the idle buses would probably be more comfortable than the bus," she added.
At 4p.m. on Wednesday officials from the Red Cross decided to open a shelter to help anyone who was stranded by the mid-winter storm.
"We are working in coordination with the local Greyhound Station to offer a safe, warm place for anyone who is stranded and unable to return home due to the inclement weather currently affecting many cities across the Southeast," said Joel Sullivan, Regional Red Cross CEO.
The shelter is located at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 2416 Clifton Road in Nashville. Officials say it will offer meals, water, snacks, personal hygiene items, a cot and blankets as well as an opportunity to take a hot shower after many weary hours of travel in the frigid temperatures.