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UK snow: Man misses wedding after spending 19 hours stranded in traffic jam


A man was 19-hours late for a wedding after being stuck in standstill traffic as motorists stranded their cars in the snow on Saturday.

Ant Brett travelled to Cumbria from his home in Essex for a family wedding but never made after getting stuck in standstill traffic for 19-hours.

During the ordeal, which numerous other drivers also experienced as snow came down in Cumbria, he ran out of food and water.

He claimed emergency responders failed to deliver supplies to cars in the strect of road where he was stranded.

Speaking to the BBC from his vehicle on the A595, he explained: “I’ve been stuck since 4pm on Saturday.

“I was heading up to a family wedding – it’s fair to say I didn’t make it. The cars here haven’t had any water or food supplies. I’m down to my last bit of water and having to ration it. I know the emergency services are busy but we’ve just been left here without help.”

Meanwhile, another driver Paul Smith was stuck on a local road while trying to get to Ambleside. He spent his Saturday evening in seriously delayed traffic on the M6.

“The snow just came down and as you can see the road all the way down is still blocked,” he said. “We’re still about a mile-and-a-half from Ambleside and it’s just been like moving ten yards, stopping and moving again.”

Emergency responders from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said it had deployed 4X4 vehicles to help “vulnerable people stuck in the snow as required”. Cumbria Police said that junctions 38 and 37 of the M6 Southbound were left blocked after lorries jack-knifed. The A595 between Millom and Furness was also left impassable, the BBC reported.

National Highways said it had to deal with a large number of vehicles that were stranded on Saturday evening, most on the M6 between junctions 38 and 40.

The Yellow Weather Warning is continuing into Sunday and Monday as the Met Office warn of more snow and ice.

Another identical warning was issued between midnight and 8am this morning in London, the east of England, the West Midlands and some sections of south Wales.

This comes after another yellow weather warning expired at 7am this morning. One alert remains however, which stretches further noth to beyond Middslebrough, south below Birmingham and west into Wales until midday.

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