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TRAPPED: College student falls asleep, gets left in empty NJ Transit train at rail yard

Claire Connelly was evacuated from Florida Gulf Coast University ahead of hurricane and fell asleep while studying

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RARITAN — A college student who was evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irma fell asleep on a New Jersey Transit train and woke up to an empty train in an empty rail yard in Raritan to her panic.

The woman, Claire Connelly, says she was evacuated from Florida Gulf Coast University ahead of the upcoming hurricane. She says she landed in Newark on Wednesday and fell asleep while studying on a NJ Transit train.

Connelly called 911 and Raritan Borough police responded and rescued her. An NJ Transit spokeswoman says they are investigating the incident, as it is the conductor's responsibility to check the train before shutting it down.

Connelly says she wasn't even on the right train line, and the ticket checker didn't notice.

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