Motorists Stranded In Russian Gridlock
Published 3 December 2012
Thousands of cars and trucks were stuck in traffic over the weekend of December 1-2, some for more than two days. According to Russian media reports, after heavy snow caused traffic to build up, some motorists ended up being stuck for more than 40 hours in freezing temperatures on a remote stretch of the M10 highway, which links Moscow with St. Petersburg. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the incident served as a reminder that the country's road services need to work more efficiently to prevent such massive traffic jams from happening again. (8 PHOTOS)
Heavy snowfall brought more than 4,000 trucks to a standstill on Russia's M10 motorway, which connects Moscow with St. Petersburg.
One driver told state television that he advanced less than two kilometers in 24 hours.
Reports put the length of the traffic jam at between 40 and 190 kilometers at different times.
Field kitchens had to be set up on the federal highway to provide motorists with food, water, and fuel.