30 Stranded After Heavy Snow

Heavy snow has forced 30 people to spend the night in a village hall in Somerset

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Somerset snow: the morning after the night in the village hall

Last night, there were problems on the roads within minutes of the snow falling. Some motorists were forced to abandon their cars overnight because of the difficult driving conditions.

About 30 people in Somerset had no alternative but to abandon their cars on the A39 between Minehead and Bridgwater and seek refuge in a village hall. The community in Nether Stowey teamed together to help provide shelter and hot food and drink for the dozens unable to get home.

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Heavy snow leaves vehicles stranded in Somerset

Cars and buses became stranded after more snow arrived in Somerset Credit: ITV News West Country

Drivers and passengers in Somerset were forced to spend the night in a village hall after being rescued at 1am. Cars and buses became stranded on the A39 between Bridgwater and Williton in Somerset when a build up of snow and fallen tress blocked their path.

Around 30 people were forced to abandon their cars in Somerset Credit: ITV News West Country

Police said around 30 people were taken to a village hall in Nether Stowey where they have spent the night. The local council and Highways Agency will begin work to clear the road at daylight so the drivers and passengers can continue their journeys.

Work to begin clearing the roads will begin again this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

Rescue was 'a group effort'

Following the rescue, Police Force Incident Manager Adam Crockford said:

At about 1am we became aware that about 30 people were stuck on a road that was impassable, primarily because of snow but also because of fallen trees.

Officers from different districts in 4x4s were first on the scene to help.

We asked the local fire station to open up and serve hot drinks and spoke with the council and identified a key holder for a nearby village hall.

It was a group effort by the emergency services and a bit of community spirit.

– Police Force Incident Manager Adam Crockford

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Drivers and passengers forced to stay in village hall

Drivers and passengers became stranded around 1am on the A39 between Bridgwater and Williton in Somerset when a build up of snow and fallen tress blocked their path.

30 people have spent the night in a village hall after becoming stranded Credit: ITV News West Country

Avon and Somerset Police transported the men and women by four-by-fours to a local fire station in the village of Nether Stowey to serve hot drinks to the group. A local councillor, was able to provide a key to open the village hall where the stranded motorists spent the night.

30 people have spent the night in a village hall after becoming stranded Credit: ITV News West Country

People forced to abandon cars after roads close

Drivers became stranded around 1am Credit: ITV News West Country

Police say thirty people were forced to abandon their cars and spend the night in a shelter in Somerset when snow rendered a road impassable.

Drivers and passengers became stranded around 1am on the A39 between Bridgwater and Williton in Somerset when a build up of snow and fallen tress blocked their path.

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