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US Hundreds of Trump supporters stuck on freezing cold Omaha airfield after rally

14:51  28 october  2020
14:51  28 october  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Hundreds of Trump supporters were left in the freezing cold for hours after a rally at an airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday night, with some walking around three miles to waiting buses and others being taken away in ambulances.

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Many of those at the rally at the Eppley Airfield faced hours in long lines to get in and clogged parking lots and busy crowds to get out, hours after his Air Force One departed around 9 p.m. Crowds cleared about 12:30 a.m.

According to dispatches from Omaha Police department, recorded by radio communications platform, Broadcastify, at least 30 people including the elderly, an electric wheelchair user and a family with small children were among those requiring medical attention after hours of walking in the cold at the rally at the Eppley Airfield.

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  Hundreds of Trump supporters stuck in the cold for hours when buses can’t reach Omaha rally The Trump campaign said it had provided enough buses to move the attendees but that traffic on the two-lane road outside the airport was throttled to one direction after the rally. But as long lines of MAGA-clad attendees queued up for buses to take them to distant parking lots, it quickly became clear that something was wrong.

Image: President Donald Trump looks out at supporters at a campaign rally in Omaha on Tuesday. (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters) © Jonathan Ernst Image: President Donald Trump looks out at supporters at a campaign rally in Omaha on Tuesday. (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)

"Supporters of the president were brought in, but buses weren’t able to get back to transport people out. It’s freezing and snowy in Omaha tonight," Nebraska Sen. Megan Hunt tweeted.

NBC News has reached out tothe Trump campaign, Omaha Police Department, Omaha Fire/EMS and Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Omaha and has not yet received comment.

"There's an issue with a number of people unable to find their cars and wandering in the cold ... see if we can't get everybody reunited with a car," the Omaha Police Dispatch 1129 recording said, according to Broadcastify.

"I've got an elderly male that's down ten blocks...having a hard time breathing right now," audio on Omaha Police Dispatch 1100 said. While another refers to: "Subject says he's about to pass out."

The Latest: Trump supporters delayed in the cold after rally

  The Latest: Trump supporters delayed in the cold after rally WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 10:05 a.m. Throngs of people who attended a campaign rally held by President Donald Trump at a Nebraska airport had to wait around in frigid weather for hours after it ended before they could get back to their cars. Thousands attended the Tuesday night rally at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield. Most parked in designated lots a mile or two from the airport and were shuttled into the 7:30 p.m. event on buses.

The recordings say there were about "30 patient contacts" and 20 buses backed-up and creating jams as rally-goers had to be shuttled back to busy parking lots and exits. The dispatches also reference patients being taken to Creighton University Medical Center, NBC News reached out to the hospital but did not yet receive a response.

Ahead of the event, the Omaha Police Department warned on Twitter that "Parking at the TRUMP rally is full."

"Is there any place you would rather be than a Trump rally on about a 10 degree evening? ... It's cold out here but that's okay," Trump said as he arrived at Eppley Airfield wearing a heavy black coat and gloves.

Crowds cheered as he pretended to close up his coat.

Trump told the crowd he'd been to Wisconsin and Michigan earlier on Tuesday, where it had also been freezing and raining and thanked crowds for attending.

"I said I won't put on a hat because I'm gonna show you how tough we are," he said.

"It was pouring and it was freezing. It is the coldest right here, right? It is an honor to be with you, I have to say. When we win, you win, Nebraska wins and all of America wins."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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