Rescue teams help stranded Sheffield motorists

Edale mountain rescue team helping stranded motorists during thw snow in April 2012.
Edale mountain rescue team helping stranded motorists during thw snow in April 2012.
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MOUNTAIN rescue teams braved sub-zero temperatures to help stranded motorists stuck in deep snow on the A57 Snake Pass.

Teams from across the region joined forces to help stricken motorists trapped in their vehicles because of heavy snowfall on high ground overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday.

The A57 Snake Pass and A628 Woodhead Pass trans-Pennine routes were both closed on Wednesday because of the treacherous conditions after motorists reported getting stuck.

Motorists were unable to use the Snake until noon yesterday, when it was deemed passable again.

Most vehicles stuck in the snow were caught out near Snake Summit on the road between Sheffield and Glossop.

To reach them mountain rescue team volunteers spent two hours clearing the road to get their vehicles through the snow.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team spokesman Charlie Bartlett said: “Team members spent two hours clearing the road to reach a number of vehicles which had become stuck before evacuating four drivers to our base in Hope.”

While the rescue operation was under way a team doctor was sent to Losehill Hall to help a diabetic patient fitting, after the ambulance service was unable to get through the snow.

Rescue teams also dealt with a collision near Froggatt and trapped motorists between Bakewell and Monyash.

Neil Carruthers, Buxton mountain rescue team leader, said: “We were working in extraordinary road conditions, experiencing blizzards with visibility at times of only 10 metres, which had caught a number of drivers out.”