Hundreds of Trump supporters who attended the president’s rally at Eppley Airfield in Omaha on Tuesday evening were left stranded for some three hours in the frigid cold after he took off on Air Force One, with some requiring treatment for hypothermia.
At least seven people were transported to the hospital and 30 others, including several elderly rally goers, were treated on site, according to Omaha Scanner, a local news service that monitors official radio traffic.
Two groups of elderly people who were struggling in the near-freezing temperatures needed police assistance. One of the groups was said to be frozen in the cold and unable to move.
President Trump is seen above during a campaign rally in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday
An estimated crowd of 6,000 attended the rally at Eppley Airfield, braving freezing cold temperatures
Trump supporters are seen above applauding the rally in Omaha on Tuesday night
At least two people were said to have suffered seizures while one other person was reported to be experiencing dizziness.
There was no immediate word on the exact number of people who needed treatment.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Omaha Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Trump campaign, and Omaha Fire/EMS for comment.
The mishap took place because the two-lane roadway that connects the rally site, where some 6,000 people clad in MAGA gear roared as they heard the president’s speech, and the parking lots were backed up bumper-to-bumper.
Buses were unable to navigate the jammed road, which was throttled in one direction, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
After Trump took off on Air Force One just after 9pm, it took some three-and-a-half hours for the rally goers to clear out of the airport.
According to Iowa Starting Line, the Trump campaign asked those planning to attend his rally to arrive at Eppley at 4:30pm. The rally was scheduled for 7:30pm.
At the time, cars could be seen lining up for miles trying to get into the airport and security personnel were seen directing motorists.
The traffic overflowed to the point where the South Economy parking lot was full and people were directed to the north lot.
According to locals monitoring the police and fire department scanners, traffic was backed up on Abbott Drive, which connects the airfield to the parking lots where rally goers left their cars
But the north lot was also filled to capacity, and security there