125-mile traffic jam in Russia due to thick snow causes stranded drivers during entire weekend (Video)

By on Dec 3, 2012 in Europe, Travel, Weather Comments

A 125-mile traffic jam was experienced in Russia due to thick snow, which has been going on for entire weekend, from Friday to Sunday, (November 30 – December 2, 2012), in the long road between Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. A video of the situation is available below.

125 mile traffic jam Russia

Part of the 125-mile traffic jam in Russia
Image Credit: NightwalkersView/YouTube video

As noted by CNN this Sunday, citing reports from Russian news site RIA Novosti, the 125-mile traffic jam (around 201 kilometers) at M-10 highway in Russia caused drivers of trucks, cars, and other vehicles to walk the long road to reach their destination, as videos from Russian TV networks show snow fog in the area.

According to the report, State Automobile Inspectorate, a division of Russia‘s Interior Ministry, noted that there were efforts to ease the traffic caused by the three-feet thick of snow in that long road. By Sunday, an agency spokesman estimated the traffic to have been reducing three-fourths of a mile every hour.

RIA Novosti was quoted reporting that the traffic is being expected to start to be “back to normal” at 6 p.m. (local time), Sunday. An Emergencies Ministry spokesman reportedly estimated that vehicles could forward at 3-6 mph (5-10 kph), as snow of one lane in each direction of M-10 have been cleared out.

Meanwhile, some stranded drivers and passengers were noted to have posted their complaints in social sites and local news websites, as some cafes along M-10 allegedly took advantage of the situation and raised their prices in their hot food and drinks, adding that in general, local authorities did not help much.

Nevertheless, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has been ordered to report to Mr Medvedev on how to help the stranded motorists and the necessary measures to be taken to end the 125-mile traffic jam.

125-mile traffic jam in Russia
Video Credit: NightwalkersView/YouTube

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