Seven People Dead as Snowstorm Wreaks Havoc on the East Coast

A fall snowstorm wreaked havoc on the East Coast, stranding New York City commuters, canceling more than 7,000 flights, knocking out power to more than 300,000 residents and forcing children to stay at school overnight.

The chaos
The rough weather has contributed to at least seven deaths in the U.S., The Associated Press said.

In Connecticut, a man was shoveling snow off his car on Interstate-95 when another car spun out of control and hit him, the state police said.

The snow, sleet and rain caused chaos on roadways across the Northeast, especially during the evening commute.

New Jersey State Police said they responded to over 500 crashes on Thursday while Maryland State Police said they responded to over 400 crashes.

In New Jersey, some students from Liberty Middle School had to sleep at their school in West Orange after the storm kept them from getting home Thursday.

Dad James Bondurant told ABC New York station WABC he was “very worried, scared. But once they assured me the kids were safe, it was better for them to be in the school than have to come get them.”

He added, “It was too crazy. The cars were abandoned, the traffic was crazy. Just a mess.”

Bondurant’s son, 13-year-old Isaiah, told WABC he was “very worried. I called my dad, like, multiple times!”

The school tweeted photos of the students’ activities during their unexpected sleepover, from late-night ice cream to early morning French toast.

One student told WABC she had trouble sleeping. But she added, “I was worried for my dad because I heard there was a lot of crashes, so I didn’t want him to come.”

The middle schoolers made it home by Friday morning, reported WABC.

One of New York City’s biggest commuter hubs, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, closed on Thursday when it ran out of room, stranding snow-soaked commuters trying to get home to New Jersey.

The terminal has since re-opened.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Max Golembo, Emily Shapiro, and Joshua Hoyos