A student who traveled from Florida to New Jersey to avoid Hurricane Irma reportedly fell asleep on a train and woke up to find herself stranded in a rail yard.
Claire Connelly told NJ.com that she spent almost $1,000 for a flight home, drove six hours to the airport, had a layout in Detroit, and arrived in Newark, New Jersey, Wednesday morning. Connelly hopped aboard New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Line headed towards Highland, where her parents live, and dozed off.
“I fell asleep reading biology notecards, I was just exhausted from all the chaos,” Connelly said.
However, the college student said she was “horrified” when she woke up in an empty train yard in Raritan.
only i would wake up on an empty NJTransit train parked and shut down in a trainyard 2 hours from my home. that was an interesting 911 call pic.twitter.com/cdSkCTtQry
— claire bridget (@claaiirreeyyy) September 6, 2017
She recorded a video from the empty train and posted it to Twitter.
“I literally just fell asleep on my train. I’m on a train. There is no one on,” Connolly says in the video, as she walks through empty train cars.
“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.”
With eight percent battery remaining on her phone, Connelly dialed 911 and was rescued by police, according to News12. The student tweeted that officers told her that it was her fault for being irresponsible.
To add insult to injury, Connelly was on the wrong train altogether. The teen hopped aboard a train that she said would have taken her “two hours from home.”
“I was on the wrong train in general. I found out after I got saved,” she tweeted. “The guy who checks tickets didn’t even notice mine said Middletown.”
NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said officials are investigating Wednesday night’s incident.
“It’s extremely rare for this to happen,” Snyder said in a statement. “It is the conductor’s responsibility to check the train.”
[Featured Image: Twitter/Claire Connelly]