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Thursday 31 July 2014

Motorists stuck for days in snow gridlock

Published 03/12/2012|05:00

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THOUSANDS of trucks and cars have been stuck on a highway, some for more than two days, in a traffic jam dozens of kilometres long caused by heavy snow northwest of Moscow.

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Police in the Tver region said field kitchens were operating on the road, but many drivers complained supplies never reached them and they were running out of fuel to keep their engines running and heating on in subzero temperatures.

"Drivers help one another and that's it, the problems are on the side of the authorities, there are no fuel tankers, no water, nothing, we are just stuck here," one truck driver said.

Another driver said he had advanced just one kilometre in 24 hours. Reports put the length of the traffic jam at between 40 and 200 kms at different times yesterday.

The M-10 highway links Moscow with Russia's second largest city, St Petersburg, some 700 kms north-west from the capital, and stretches further to the border with Finland.

Russia's infrastructure has been plagued with problems since the Soviet era, when defence spending was high at the expense of roads, housing, healthcare and other civilian needs.

Irish Independent

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