Weather complicates shuttling of Williams students from Albany airport

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POWNAL, Vt. — Fifty Williams College students made it safely back to campus on Monday after a series of harrowing early morning bus rides back from Albany International Airport.

The college charters with Williams Motor Coach Transport to chauffeur students to and from the campus before and after school breaks, according to college spokesman Greg Shook.

The first bus from the airport got stuck on Route 22 in New York for a while due to snow on Sunday, Shook said, "although it was able to keep running with heat, so the students were kept comfortable."

A second bus was sent to get those students and it also got stuck.

Then a third bus sent to get the students slid off Route 346 in Pownal shortly before 11 p.m. and became wedged against a guardrail, according to Vermont State Police. The Pownal Fire Department and Vermont State Police were dispatched to assist at the scene, where they found students climbing out of the bus windows because the door could not be opened.

Shook said the Williams College campus safety office was able to coordinate school vans to pick up the stranded students and shuttle everyone back to campus. "As students' safety is paramount, all bus transportation from the airport to campus has been canceled for today," Shook said.



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