In Sussex County, England, a snowstorm has created a traffic jam of historic proportions: thousands stranded for several hours, many spending the night in their cars.
Thousands of vehicles have been backed up for about 15 miles on the A23 highway between Crawley and Brighton, England, with some people stuck for more than eight hours, reports the BBC in Sussex.
The jam began in icy conditions Monday night and continued into Tuesday morning. Some people spent the whole night in their cars.
Some blamed the county for not clearing the roads. The East Sussex County Council Tweeted: “Our gritters used 10000 tonnes of salt last night, and we’re sending 21 teams out again now gritting town centres by hand. Stay safe folks.”
Trevor Botting, superintendent for crime & operations for East Sussex, Tweeted Tuesday morning: “Please look after your vulnerable neighbours. Look in on them to ensure that & warm and have food available. Lets work together to keep safe.”
Others expressed frustration with people who had been warned not to drive, but did anyway. Others made light of the situation: “After Toyah and Cheryl Baker became stuck in #SussexSnow, police are warning all 80s pop stars not to drive unless absolutely necessary,” Tweeted @PeterPRandRadio.
The snow is expected to let up Tuesday, with only flurries forecasted throughout the day.
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