Miracle as Peak District avalanche misses cars

Avalanche in Peak District, Winnats Pass, Good Friday
Avalanche in Peak District, Winnats Pass, Good Friday
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THIS was the scene after an avalanche of snow narrowly missed a vehicle in the Peak District.

The incident happened on Winnats Pass, between Castleton and Chapel-en-le-Frith in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Police received a call from a motorist to say there had been an avalanche and the road was blocked with snow.

The caller told officers the snow had narrowly missed their vehicle and, had they been driving along the road a few seconds earlier, their vehicle could have been buried under the snow.

The road is popular with walkers, cyclists and runners, but luckily no one was injured.

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “We received a call at around 5.20pm on Good Friday to say there had been an avalanche on Winnats Pass.

“Around six feet of snow fell on to the carriageway, blocking the road.

“We informed Derbyshire County Council’s Highways Department and they attended with a digger to clear the snow.”

The police spokesman said it took around 35 minutes to clear the road.

He said: “Luckily no cars or pedestrians were struck and nobody was injured.”