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Big winter freeze batters Europe

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Big winter freeze batters Europe


The big freeze has been causing chaos across much of Europe. In Germany the wintry weather resulted in this school bus — packed full of children — skating off the road onto rail lines. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The driver evacuated everyone just before the vehicle was struck by a regional train.

Poland has also been badly hit with 13 people dying over the weekend. Putting a brave face on the extreme conditions one homeless man said:
‘‘I have tinned food, I have bread, herrings, the main problem is that it’s cold.’‘

Britain has also taken a battering as a band of heavy snow moves southwards. In Scotland, two crew walked away with minor injuries when this freight train derailed.

The deep freeze has caused havoc for air travellers too. At Leeds Bradford airport, the snow was falling faster than they could clear it. Britain’s roads have also felt the full brunt of the cold snap, with drivers experiencing major delays and disruption.

Further north in Denmark forecasters are also predicting heavy snowfall. In the region of Jutland, big icebreakers have been getting ready to go out for the first time in 14 years as temperatures plummet.

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