A sixteen-car pile up on a UK motorway has seen 20 people injured amid warnings of dangerous driving conditions throughout the country.
The horrific pile up took place on the M66 southbound between Ramsbottom and Bury this morning.
20 ‘walking wounded’ were not thought to be seriously injured in the pile up and were reportedly being treated at the scene.
There were 16 vehicles involved in the crash on the M66 and the road is now closed. Please avoid the area. We're working hard alongside @LancashireFRS @gmpolice and @NWAmbulance to make sure everyone is alright and open it back up. pic.twitter.com/XVWKhtHNJT
— Manchester Fire (@manchesterfire) March 1, 2018
Today, (March 1), the Met Office have warned us to brace ourselves, as the worst blizzards since 1962 are set to hit our shores.
Brits are being warned to only travel if it’s essential, with the vulnerable and elderly being told to completely stay indoors.
The Met Office claimed the amount of snow forecast could be the biggest single fall since the notorious winter of 1962-63, when some areas of the country were blighted by snow and ice for more than three months.
— Bury Council (@BuryCouncil) March 1, 2018
The extreme weather conditions have also caused issues on the M62 where a Highways England car caught fire while helping stranded vehicles.
North West Motorway Police have asked those in the queues to remain calm.
— Jordan Schofield (@JSchofield93) March 1, 2018
Highways England tweeted that the agency was ‘pushing as much resource towards the M62 as possible’ but ‘due to the incline on the M62, the weather, the standing traffic [and] a vehicle fire, it’s proving difficult’.
Nobody was trapped in their vehicles in the care pile-up but ‘paramedics were helping two people that had remained in their cars’.
— Chris Holmes (@80sChild90sTeen) March 1, 2018
The ‘Beast from the East’ has caused chaos across the UK, with hundreds of flights up and down the country being cancelled along with a host of other transport-related issues.
— Met Office (@metoffice) March 1, 2018
Yesterday, (February 28), the Met Office said:
Heavy snow showers and drifting of lying snow in the strong easterly winds will become more widespread across the area later on Wednesday afternoon, through the evening and overnight into Thursday.
Roads will become blocked by deep snow, with many stranded vehicles and passengers. Long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel are expected.
Stay safe out there!