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120-Mile Traffic Jam Strands Russian Drivers

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 2, 2012 Last Updated: December 4, 2012
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Thousands of trucks and cars have been stuck for three days in a gigantic, 120-milelong traffic jam in Russia, caused by snow near Moscow.

The vehicles stretch on Rossiya highway from Moscow to Tver, a city located north of the capital, reported state-run RT. The major freeway is the main route linking Moscow to St. Petersburg.

Russia deployed around 175 rescue staff and 100 snow-cleaning vehicles to deal with the heavy snow.

Some of the drivers have spent three days stuck on the freeway. Some are without food, water, and are running out of fuel, according to the broadcaster. Many of the trucks do no have winter tires.

Later on Sunday, state-run RIA Novosti reported that traffic began moving again, but only slowly.

“One lane in each direction is clear of snow. Trucks are moving at roughly 5–10 kilometers per hour (3 to 6 miles per hour),” a spokesman with the State Automobile Inspectorate told the news agency.

Some truckers and drivers complained that roadside stores and cafes have increased their prices and claimed they were running out of gas and other supplies, according to RIA. But volunteers from Tver gathered food and supplies for the motorists, RT reported.

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