Winter's icy grip was tightening on the British Isles, Jan 13, with reports coming in from all parts of the country of accidents, delays and emergencies caused by frost and heavy snowfalls.
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Background: Winter's icy grip was tightening on the British Isles, Jan 13, with reports coming in from all parts of the country of accidents, delays and emergencies caused by frost and heavy snowfalls.
Motorists are in trouble everywhere and night frost brings added peril to drivers on snow-bound roads. In Addition, drifts are making many minor roads impassable.
Shots from Wiltshire show a situation which is now common to farms all over the country. Farmers are hard hit by the snow and have great difficulties in getting fodder to cattle and sheep.
flying over Kent, one can see dozens of farms completely cut off from the outside world. South-Est England and Kent in particular have been worst affected by the snow. For thousands in the villages there it has been a case of no milk, no bread, no paper, no letters, and - no school for the children.
Even some snowploughs have become snow-bound and have had to be rescued. Some sixty of them are working continuously in the Folkstone, Canterbury and Ashford areas. Just the same, many country lanes are still impassable and motorists have been warned not travel in South-East England unless it is absolutely necessary.
Up north in Yorkshire, more than 40 people - including some school children - spent the night at a farmhouse near Bridlington after their buses had been stranded in snow drifts. Other people had to leave their cars on the road and walk home. About road conditions in general, the Royal automobile Club said they were "the most fantastic within living memory". The Automobile Association were briefer - they just said: "Iceberg Britain".
There was trouble on the railway too, Jan 15, when a lorry collided with a diesel train at a crossing near Mildenhall, Suffolk. Two men in the lorry were killed, another was seriously injured. The front of the train was badly damaged and its front wheels jumped off the track. One woman passenger had to be treated for shock. special buses were arranged to take passengers on their way to Cambridge.
And the forecast: still more snow and frost.