Published on : Monday, January 8, 2018
Thousands of people were rescued by the Spanish police and soldiers after they were trapped on the roads in the centre of the country after heavy snowfall. The passengers were forced to spend their night in their cars after they were caught in the heavy snowfall.
Hundreds of vehicles on the AP-6 motorway in Castile and León and north-western parts of the Madrid region got stuck as they were returning from Epiphany celebrations. About 70 km (44 miles) of motorway between Madrid and nearby Segovia were affected, with some motorists trapped for up to 18 hours.
More than 150 people of the army’s military emergencies unit (UME) took part to help Guardia Civil officers reach stranded motorists. In their tweet, UME said ‘there are a lot of vehicles trapped on the AP-6 but we’re working bit by bit and kilometre by kilometre to get to all of them as soon as possible’. Conditions got a bit better by mid-morning when the snowploughs and emergency workers could reach the stranded drivers. The stranded people were given hot drinks, blankets and high-energy food by the members of the Red Cross. The UME confirmed that by late afternoon the road was due to be opened and everyone has been rescued.
Some of those who were trapped complained about the ambiguity in information. The travellers are now advised to check the weather forecast before their journeys. Spain’s directorate general of traffic called for caution and prudence in the face of the bad weather.