BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Some Buffalo cab drivers are logging some major miles this week, thanks to that East Coast blizzard that left thousands of travelers in New York City stranded.
Business has picked up for cab drivers thanks to the big hockey tournament, but for some drivers, that storm that hit the northeast led to some extra long rides.
Eddy Emran was ready for a day of airport taxi driving on Sunday. The Buffalo Airport was packed with stranded travelers from the terrible storms that crippled New York and other cities in the northeast. Emran drove a mother and her five children to the bus station, only to learn that buses weren't driving to New York City and that hotels were packed in Buffalo because of the hockey tournament.
"She started crying. I say, 'Why you crying?' She say, 'How much to New York City?' The flat rate for Airport Taxi is $1,100. She say, 'I don't have that money with me.' I say, 'I give you a break,'" said Emran.
Emran took several hundred dollars off the top. The normal seven-hour drive took Emran 14 hours under horrible conditions, including three hours bumper-to-bumper in Brooklyn. Emran's from Jordan. The mother was from Nigeria. They had something in common to talk about.
Emran said, "She said she loved America 'cause it's a free country. I say I love it, too."
Emran gave the woman a break and helped her cope because when he came to Buffalo from Jordan nine years ago, he and his wife and four kids got lost. An elderly woman went 14 miles out of her way to lead him to his home in South Buffalo.
"She said, 'Follow me.' I follow her at this time and she take me safe to my house and I appreciate her. I don't know her name. I remember this situation, her driving with me. I don't forget. I try and help the people how much I can," recalled Emran.
The mother Emran helped out said he was a "God send," and that Emran and his family are welcome to stay with her family in Elmont, Long Island any time he wants.
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