Snow storm left St Helens drivers stranded

A Star reader snapped this picture of the snow storm in Haresfinch last night.

A Star reader snapped this picture of the snow storm in Haresfinch last night.

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A SNOW storm left motorists stranded in parts of St Helens last night as the severe weather brought chaos to the road network.

More than a foot of snow fell in parts of the borough, with the heaviest showers between 9pm and 11pm.

Snow ploughs battled to keep 'primary routes' in the town moving but could not prevent disruption on many local roads.

Elsewhere the he M6 was blocked in both directions between junctions 25 and 27

The Star received reports of drivers becoming stranded at various locations in the borough, while bus services had to be called in to depots early because of dangerous conditions.

According to Star readers, vehicles were abandoned in Carr Mill, Fingerpost and Haydock.

There were reports of lorries being left at Piele Road, Haydock.

One 4x4 motorist in Moss Bank said he had helped five drivers who had got into difficulties.

Pictures showed a jack-knifed lorry at Elton Head Road, near the St Helens Linkway.

Meanwhile, the M6 was blocked in both directions between junctions 25 and 27 when a sudden burst of more than a foot of snow brought drivers to a standstill at around 8.30pm, said the Highways Agency.

Many became stuck along the stretch of motorway between Wigan and Standish after struggling to make it up inclines in the treacherous conditions, while a number of accidents including jack-knifed lorries also blocked lanes.

The M6, as well as the M56 and M58 which were also blocked, are now all moving again but remain heavily congested with long tailbacks, said Lancashire Police.

Chief Inspector Mike Adamson said: "We realised at about 11pm last night that this was going to be a major incident.

"Some of the drivers and passengers have been stuck for hours - it has been a very difficult night for them. We have set up a command centre at Charnock Services, where officers have collected hot drinks and taken them to those who are stuck."


Some of the stranded drivers passed the time with snowball fights and building snowmen, while others abandoned their cars completely.

One man had to be taken to hospital by Lancashire Police after becoming ill in his car while it was stuck.

Lancashire Police also worked with Lancashire Mountain Rescue teams, the Highways Agency and neighbouring force Greater Manchester Police to clear roads and provide welfare assistance to those who were stranded.

The Highway Agency worked throughout the night to clear the routes with snow ploughs.

A spokesman for the agency urged those who had abandoned their cars to return to them as soon as possible.

He said: "The snowfall was very sudden and very heavy - over a foot in some places - causing cars to become stranded. But we have managed to get through the traffic and clear most routes to get people moving again.

"We are urging those who have abandoned their cars to collect, all we can do is move them to the side for now but it makes it difficult to clear routes. With the rain falling and ice melting onto very cold road surfaces, we are now warning drivers of the danger of ice."

Temperatures have risen swiftly this morning, meaning a rapid thaw is setting in.

 


 

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10:44am Sat 26 Jan 13

smith&weston says...

It was widely forecast and warnings where given yet people couldn't stay in off the roads for those few hours when the snow was at it's heaviest. Idiots .
It was widely forecast and warnings where given yet people couldn't stay in off the roads for those few hours when the snow was at it's heaviest. Idiots . smith&weston
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1:06pm Sat 26 Jan 13

saintsfan says...

Thing is, though, while the snow was widely forecast it didn't come down heavy until later and when it did come down heavy, it was 2010 stylee, which caught people out on the motorways in particular. It was the speed of the build up which was the problem. We were all aware of the possibility of snow, I'm sure.
Thing is, though, while the snow was widely forecast it didn't come down heavy until later and when it did come down heavy, it was 2010 stylee, which caught people out on the motorways in particular. It was the speed of the build up which was the problem. We were all aware of the possibility of snow, I'm sure. saintsfan
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2:46pm Sat 26 Jan 13

pitbullboxing says...

Spot on saint.
Spot on saint. pitbullboxing
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4:34pm Sat 26 Jan 13

cap-end says...

smith&weston wrote:
It was widely forecast and warnings where given yet people couldn't stay in off the roads for those few hours when the snow was at it's heaviest. Idiots .
Easy to say whilst sat at home seething about the possibility that someone out there is using a vehicle
[quote][p][bold]smith&weston[/bold] wrote: It was widely forecast and warnings where given yet people couldn't stay in off the roads for those few hours when the snow was at it's heaviest. Idiots .[/p][/quote]Easy to say whilst sat at home seething about the possibility that someone out there is using a vehicle cap-end
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6:57pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Thurman says...

smith&weston says...
10:44am Sat 26 Jan 13

It was widely forecast and warnings where given yet people couldn't stay in off the roads for those few hours when the snow was at it's heaviest. Idiots .


Ever thought these ppl might have been working/driving home work
Hardly idiots for going home after work
smith&weston says... 10:44am Sat 26 Jan 13 It was widely forecast and warnings where given yet people couldn't stay in off the roads for those few hours when the snow was at it's heaviest. Idiots . Ever thought these ppl might have been working/driving home work Hardly idiots for going home after work Thurman
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6:58pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Thurman says...

*from
*from Thurman
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7:00pm Sat 26 Jan 13

smith&weston says...

I walked to a local supermarket at around 7pm where there was a queue of traffic waiting to get on the car park and plenty of others driving around the rest of the retail park. You telling me they where all out getting urgent supplies ?
I walked to a local supermarket at around 7pm where there was a queue of traffic waiting to get on the car park and plenty of others driving around the rest of the retail park. You telling me they where all out getting urgent supplies ? smith&weston
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7:14pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Thurman says...

They might of been the staff at said local supermarket waiting to get in to work
They might of been the staff at said local supermarket waiting to get in to work Thurman
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8:38pm Sat 26 Jan 13

frankly says...

its gone now...next will be peasley cross bridge flooded
its gone now...next will be peasley cross bridge flooded frankly
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9:31pm Sat 26 Jan 13

saintsfan says...

frankly wrote:
its gone now...next will be peasley cross bridge flooded
Listening to the torrential rain battering my roof at present then more than Peasley Cross bridge will be flooded at this rate, what with the melting snow as well. Jeez, our weather since March last year has been beyond awful.
[quote][p][bold]frankly[/bold] wrote: its gone now...next will be peasley cross bridge flooded[/p][/quote]Listening to the torrential rain battering my roof at present then more than Peasley Cross bridge will be flooded at this rate, what with the melting snow as well. Jeez, our weather since March last year has been beyond awful. saintsfan
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11:30am Sun 27 Jan 13

kjd161 says...

saintsfan wrote:
frankly wrote:
its gone now...next will be peasley cross bridge flooded
Listening to the torrential rain battering my roof at present then more than Peasley Cross bridge will be flooded at this rate, what with the melting snow as well. Jeez, our weather since March last year has been beyond awful.
I blame David Cameron.
[quote][p][bold]saintsfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]frankly[/bold] wrote: its gone now...next will be peasley cross bridge flooded[/p][/quote]Listening to the torrential rain battering my roof at present then more than Peasley Cross bridge will be flooded at this rate, what with the melting snow as well. Jeez, our weather since March last year has been beyond awful.[/p][/quote]I blame David Cameron. kjd161
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5:51pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Bill Bradbury says...

Buy a Volvo AWD! Drove from Hindley through Wigan to Billinge at 10pm sailed past cars that were stuck on the slopes up to Winstanley.
Sunday on my way back into Wigan ploughed through our regular 3 floods on Billinge Rd. Despite request from our Parish Council, flooding on this section between Billinge & Wigan has been like that for as long as I can remember, nothing has been done.
Buy a Volvo AWD! Drove from Hindley through Wigan to Billinge at 10pm sailed past cars that were stuck on the slopes up to Winstanley. Sunday on my way back into Wigan ploughed through our regular 3 floods on Billinge Rd. Despite request from our Parish Council, flooding on this section between Billinge & Wigan has been like that for as long as I can remember, nothing has been done. Bill Bradbury
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