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Widescale chaos caused by the 50mm of snow


The Highways Agency has insisted that there was nothing more it could have done to prevent the widescale chaos caused by the 50mm of snow that fell on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, last Friday.

A thousand people were forced to abandon their vehicles on the A30 and sleep in schools and a leisure centre. A minor accident at 4.30am triggered by the icy conditions shut the road for 45 minutes in which time traffic built up and prevented gritters from de-icing the surface. When the road reopened vehicles slithered about, leading to a number of minor shunts. Police closed the road until 1am the next day. The Agency said motorists were given plenty of advance warning about the conditions.

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