Record cold in Sweden, 43°C. A thousand cars blocked for 24 hours

AGI – The occupants of a thousand cars stuck on a road in southern Sweden due to snow were freed after more than 24 hours: rescue workers worked through the night to clear the E22, amid a cold emergency in the Scandinavian country Temperatures dropped to 40 degrees below zero.

The major traffic jam began at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning when incessant snowfall blocked the highway in both directions between Horby and Kristianstad. The police spoke of “total chaos“And among the hundreds of people stranded, some also had health problems and needed medication. The military distributed food and water and some motorists were evacuated with orders to return later to recover their cars.

One woman said she was freed along with her two children and dog after waiting 19 hours in the car. The cars could only leave in the morning, while the trucks had to expect further waiting times of up to 24 hours. A similar accident occurred on Wednesday in Aarhus, Denmark, leaving dozens of drivers stranded for hours. In northern Sweden, the Kvikkjokk-Arrenjarka station recorded the coldest night in 25 years with a temperature of -43.6 degrees.

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