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Snow disrupts traffic throughout the country

Two buses were snowed in for over an hour yesterday morning.

Wind and snowfall have disrupted traffic in several Counties in the past 24 hours. Traffic was arduous yesterday morning on National Road 22 in Tulcea County, the layer of snow measuring 3-5 centimeters on the road. Those that drove through Salaj County also had to have patience, the worst situation being reported on European Road 81 which connects Zalau and Cluj-Napoca. According to Mircea Crisan, head of the National Road Office in Zalau, although four snow clearing vehicles were dispatched in the area the road could hardly be kept clear because of the abundant snowfall that lasted for well over 24 hours.


A bus with 15 passengers onboard and another with 40 pupils on board were snowed in for well over an hour yesterday morning in Buzau County. According to Realitatea TV, the bus that had 15 passengers on board eventually drove on, however the other one turned back since there was the risk of remaining snowed in again. In Suceava several cars skidded off the road and three lorries were snowed in because road workers failed to intervene in time and because the vehicles were not properly equipped for winter conditions.


FROST CAUSED DEADLY ACCIDENTS


Several persons died and others were injured in road accidents caused by snow and ice. Thus, a 59-year-old woman died in Mehedinti. The woman was traveling in a minibus driven from Italy to Calafat. “The accident took place on National Road 56A, in Rosiori locality, because the driver failed to adapt his driving speed to winter conditions,” police officer Nicusor Pitic, from the Vanju Mare Police, stated for Realitatea TV. Nine persons were injured in Neamt after a minibus collided with a car. The minibus’s driver stated that he lost control of the steering wheel while being engaged in an overtaking.


Flights from Bucharest’s ‘Henri Coanda’ Airport reported slight delays yesterday morning. Thus, a Tarom flight that should have taken off for Iasi at 8.50 AM reported an 80-minute delay, while two flights left for Cluj half an hour late.


Railway traffic was disrupted yesterday morning for several hours on the Lehliu – Ciulnita route after the powerful wind broke the contact line. Four trains were stuck in nearby train stations, with estimated delays running up to 120 minutes according to CFR.


SNOWFALLS CONTINUE


Meteorologists issued a new snowfall alert that came into force yesterday evening at 11 PM and will expire tomorrow at 6 PM. Temporary snowfalls will take place in most of the country during the aforementioned period. In Cons­tanta, Tulcea, Galati, Braila, Ialomita and Calarasi Counties wind speeds will range from 50 to 60 kilometers per hour and there will be temporary blizzards. At the seaside wind speeds will surpass 70 kilometers per hour and there will be sleet, the National Meteorological Agency informs.

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