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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 November 2005, 05:14 GMT
Cars abandoned after snowstorms
Snow delays
Blizzards made driving conditions treacherous
Hundreds of cars have been abandoned as heavy snow fell in the second major blizzard to hit south-west England in less than a week.

Between 300 and 400 cars were abandoned on rural roads in Gloucestershire and accidents reported on major routes.

The worst affected areas were Cirencester and Stroud, and the south Cotswolds. Gritters were also stuck.

More than 20 schools in the county, mostly in the north Cotswolds and the Stroud area were closed.

Police said the A417 between Gloucester and Cirencester was the worst affected area, with abandoned cars making stretches of the road impassable.

Police used 4x4 vehicles to reach the last of the stranded motorists by midnight after 3in of snow.

'No injuries'

Insp Tony Rymer, of Gloucestershire police, said about 3in of snow fell in a relatively short period of time.

Police said conditions were improving early on Tuesday but ice would still cause problems for motorists.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Abandoned car
Drivers were advised to check road conditions before setting off

The traffic chaos in Gloucestershire mirrored scenes witnessed at the weekend when motorists where left stranded in snowy conditions in Cornwall.

About 1,000 people were stuck in a six-mile tailback for several hours on Friday as 5in of snow fell on the A30 on Bodmin Moor.

Some 500 people, including newborn babies and pensioners, were forced to spend Friday night on crash mats in leisure centres before making their way home the next day.

The Highways Agency said gritters were treating motorways and main road where ice or snow is forecast.

It advised drivers to check road conditions and weather forecasts before setting off on journeys.


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SEE ALSO:
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