PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Nine passengers spent the night aboard a stranded SEPTA bus in West Oak Lane on Wednesday night.

The Route 22 bus skidded on an icy patch of North Broad Street, near 71st Avenue, about 8 PM, rammed a utility pole and became stuck in a snow bank.

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A Septa official says the passengers were given the option to leave the disabled bus, but due to the cold, sleet, and snow, nine of them decided to remain aboard until the weather improved.

About 6 AM, Septa sent a tow truck to pull the bus free, switched drivers, and the bus with the new driver took the remaining passengers to their destinations.

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Throughout the city of Philadelphia, about 150 SEPTA buses became stuck overnight.  All passengers were evacuated immediately, except for the one Route 22 bus mentioned above.  As of 7 AM Thursday, about 65 of those buses remained stuck at various locations in the city.

Reported by Al Novack, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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