Severe Snowstorm Strands 180 Motorists In California, USA

Firefighters have rescued more than 180 drivers who were stranded during a winter storm in Southern California.
 
Emergency crews used snowmobiles to help 136 motorists who were stuck on a highway in the San Bernardino Mountains, about 70 miles (110km) from Los Angeles.
 
Another 50 marooned drivers were rescued near the Mount Baldy ski area.
 
The larger group of motorists were trapped in more than 1ft (30cm) of snow amid high winds on Highway 138.
 
Many of the drivers abandoned their cars and walked to their homes or nearby shelters.
 
At least 150 vehicles had to be towed off the road during the night’s operation, said California Highway Patrol.
 
Firefighters transported about 50 motorists to a church in the community of Crestline, where Red Cross workers provided aid.
 
Other motorists were able to drive away as snowploughs cleared the road.
 
No injuries or serious collisions were reported.
 
Rescue operations were completed by about 3am local time on Wednesday, the authorities said.
 
The National Weather Service forecasts further snow across the region, with even parts of usually balmy Los Angeles County expected to see up to 5in.
Courtesy of Sky News

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