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4 die during heavy snowstorm in New York

Four people have died during the snowstorm that has dropped more than 48 inches of snow on Buffalo, New York.

Erie County officials said that one person was killed in a car accident, and the other three had heart attacks; they believe that two of them died from their heart attacks while shoveling snow.

The storm left dozens of motorists on the roads of Buffalo stranded for close to 24 hours, including a bus filled with members of the Niagara University women's basketball team on their way back from Pittsburgh. Some of the women on the bus became so thirsty, The Associated Press reports, they drank melted snow.