Motorists abandon vehicles amid snow chaos on UK’s coldest day for seven years

Motorists abandon vehicles amid snow chaos on UK's coldest day for seven years

In Cornwall, more than 100 people crowded into a pub on Bodmin Moor overnight after abandoning their vehicles on the snowbound A30 after the roads became impassable. 

Efforts to clear the cross-country route near Temple continued through the night, with teams of gritters and ploughs working to get traffic moving. 

Police and the fire brigade were carrying out welfare checks where possible. But scores of stranded motorists had set off on foot in the freezing conditions to reach the Jamaica Inn, which was welcoming groups and families with young children in their droves. 

“A lot of people have abandoned their cars. Some of them have walked a good three, four or five miles,” the pub’s 25-year-old general manager, Sammy Wheeler, said. 

“People were fed up of being in a cold car and they were running out of fuel.”

Each of the inn’s 36 rooms was full, with some being shared by complete strangers on Thursday night. Meanwhile makeshift dormitories with mattresses on the floors had been set up in other parts of the pub, including 15 beds in the restaurant and another five in the lounge.

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