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Dozens of Coachella Attendees Stranded at Bus Station
If you haven't seen some of your friends online today it might be because they're stuck at the Indio Greyhound station with dozens of fans trying to get home.
KESQ is reporting that so many people tried to take buses home without first buying tickets that the scheduled buses became full, stranding many who have waited all day in the heat despite having tickets.
"I've been been waiting to get to L.A. for like six hours. My ticket says 8:30 a.m., but that didn't happen." Travis Taylor from Saskatchewan, Canada told the local news team.
Greyhound bus station manager Jarvis Bailey said that they knew it was going to be like this, that it had been even worse before, but this year they were ready for it. And still people like Taylor were sitting and waiting even though they had a ticket.
"It was a lot worse last year, but we're prepared. We've been open 24 hours and we have additional buses coming from Phoenix and Los Angeles," Bailey said.
KESQ says, "The would-be travelers waited in a long line in front of the station -- some camping out under the terminal's awning with coolers full of food and drink left over from the festival -- to keep hydrated in the 90-degree weather." Weather.com is saying it is 98 degrees in Indio, meaning that many of those travelers were waiting under that awning in 100 degree heat.
Let's hope they're all on air-conditioned buses by now.
Update: The Palm Springs Desert Sun is saying that the number of stranded festival-goers was in the 100s