In Spain, army moves in to rescue stranded motorists

The army's emergency unit UME said, it had sent two companies of specialist soldiers.

Madrid: Spain deployed 250 soldiers on Sunday to help rescue hundreds of drivers who were trapped overnight in vehicles as heavy snowfall cut off several roads.

The army’s emergency unit UME said it had sent two companies of specialist soldiers and 95 vehicles to free hundreds of cars stranded on the AP6 highway linking Madrid and the northwestern Segovia.

Soldiers and firefighters used snowplows to try to clear the snow, and distributed blankets and hot drinks to motorists. The rough weather comes as many Spaniards are travelling home after the Christmas holidays.

( Source : AFP )
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