Volunteers come to aid of drivers left stranded on motorway for 10 hours

Volunteers brought stranded drivers water, food, and blankets Credit: Highways England

Dozens of volunteers spent the night battling through snow to help drivers left stranded on a motorway for more than 10 hours.

Motorists on the M62 in Greater Manchester were trapped in their cars overnight after heavy snow and high winds left the road impassable.

But local residents in Milnrow, Rochdale, came to their aid, bringing hot drinks, food and blankets to people stuck on the carriageway.

Volunteer Eleanor Kelly, 19, said about 30 people had braved the conditions to take supplies up the hill to the motorway - including to a father with a baby and toddler in the car.

She said: "We've been trying to get to as many people as we can in about a mile radius from where we can get to the carriageway.

"It's been a bit mad. We even had to warm up some hot milk for a guy stuck at the junction with two children.

We knocked on his car and he had a five-week-old baby and what must have been a one or two-year-old girl in the car with him

Eleanor Kelly

Greater Manchester Police warned conditions on the roads remained dangerous overnight, with strong winds causing snow drifts.

The North West Motorway Police said wind speeds had reached 90mph over the Rakewood Viaduct, between junctions 21 and 22 of the M62.