Mountain Blizzard Leaves Motorists Stranded

  • By Jeong Sung-won, Gwak Rae-geon

    March 02, 2021 09:50

    Heavy snowfall on Monday caused massive traffic congestion in the mountains of Gangwon Province. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the roads and accidents abounded.

    An expressway near Sokcho was blocked, and motorists were stranded for up to six hours at the Misiryeong Pass connecting Sokcho and Inje.

    Some 55.3 cm of snow fell in the valley, 51.5 cm in Jinburyeong, 39.1 cm in Gangneung and 23 cm in Yangyang.

    Motorists push a snowed-in car in Sokcho, Gangwon Province on Monday. /Newsis

    Weathermen issued a heavy snow warning in Goseong, Sokcho, Yangyang and Gangneung at 3 p.m., and official blocked entry to highways starting at 4:40 p.m. to clear snow. But it is expected to take considerable time before all stranded vehicles are freed. As of 10:30 p.m., around 700 vehicles remained trapped.

    One driver in a stranded vehicle said, "I kept the engine and heater running but eventually ran out of fuel and water. After that, I just sat there shivering."

    The Korea Expressway Corporation deployed 101 snow ploughs, while Gangwon Province authorities distributed bread and drinks to the stranded drivers and passengers.

    Snowfall continues in Gangwon Province.

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