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March snow causes European chaos

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March snow causes European chaos


It wasn’t a weekend to be travelling in Western Europe. Heavy snow has played havoc with planes, trains and cars. Flight delays and cancellations meant many would-be travellers in Germany were going nowhere fast.

In Switzerland too, some were forced to keep their feet on the ground with Basel and Zurich among the airports affected. Swiss motorists weren’t spared either. Some were caught in accidents. Others were simply stuck. “I have been on this road for seven hours, completely abandoned,” said one man. And he wasn’t the only one. Hundreds of tourists on their way to ski in the French Alps got more than they bargained for when they were blocked in by the white stuff. They ended up spending the night in community halls. Near France’s border with Germany, stranded motorists weren’t quite so lucky. They spent the night in their vehicles. But at least they were safe. Atrocious road conditions have claimed several lives. At least ten deaths were reported in Germany alone this weekend. And among the tragedies in France, an elderly women was run over as she tried to push her car clear of the snow.
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