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Closure of A66 due to snow causes early morning chaos
MOTORISTS faced delays when heavy snow caused the closure of the A66 trans-Pennine route this morning. (Monday, March 18)
Disruption began when a lorry lost traction in wintry weather and became stuck on the route.
At its height, tailbacks were estimated at up to 15 miles as up to six inches of snow covered the ground, forcing the closure of the road in both directions between Stainmore and Barnard Castle as snow ploughs attempted to clear and treat the road.
Steve Blakey, who was driving a car transporter along the A66, ended up stuck for five hours.
“I had no information about what was happening. I was wrapped up in my coat and I had my night heater on in my cab, and I watched a DVD when we were stood still.”
A Highways Agency spokesman said: “The slush was a problem more than ice or snow and the problems began when a lorry lost traction and became stuck and other lorries became stuck behind it.
“There were warnings out, the closure was signposted on the A1(M) and M6 and there were warnings on radio stations.”
The road was fully re-opened by late morning.