Teen Falls Asleep After Traveling 18 Hours To Flee Hurricane, Wakes Up In Locked, Deserted Train

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Claire Connelly evacuated the Florida Gulf Coast University campus before Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Sunshine State. The college student decided to head north to her home state of New Jersey.

“I had to drive six hours to Jacksonville and from Jacksonville, I had to take a flight from Michigan,” she told Inside Edition. “I had a two-hour layover then a flight from there to Newark.”

The college freshman took a New Jersey Transit train and ended up dozing off after being so tired from previous travels. But when she woke up, she realized there was absolutely no one around her!

“I literally just fell asleep on my train,” the college student said in a video that she posted to her Twitter account. “I’m in a train yard, literally there is no one on this!”

Somehow, train conductors either didn’t see her or failed to check her train. She was left 40 miles from home and locked inside the train with no way out. All the scared college student could think to do was call 911 and wait for them to arrive.

“I looked around and I was like, ‘Where did everyone go?’” Claire said.

Luckily, the police showed up and got her out safely. Her parents came to pick her up and drive her back to their New Jersey home. “It was a mistake which hopefully won’t happen again,” she wrote on Twitter about the company’s error.

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