Snow Drama on Trakiya Highway: Hundreds Rescued by Police and Military

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The old year, 2016, refused to go without causing yet another problem. This time it hit Trakiya Highway, between Sofia and Burgas. Because of heavy snowfall, snowdrifts and ice, hundreds of cars, buses and trucks were stranded.

Police and even the army stepped in to help. Bulgarian land forces started pulling heavy vehicles out of the snow at 3 a.m. on Saturday, using tanks. Countless drivers of regular cars and their passengers were saved as well.

The situation started to deteriorate, when a chain collision happened on Trakiya highway, involving several cars and trucks. At some point during the day, drivers were asked to avoid the region around Burgas.

Roads in other parts of eastern Bulgaria were closed as well. Some drivers either did not know about the closures, or they ignored them. Several cars and trucks slid off the icy roads, as a result.

On Friday, in the late evening, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov had been informed about the situation. A few hours later, hundreds of snow ploughs and the military were in action. Borissov inspected the efforts later, on Saturday. In the afternoon, he promised Bulgarians they would reach their holiday destinations on time.

During the day, some roads were opened after being freed of the snow, only to be closed again, before being opened for a second time.

More trouble was caused by strong winds in some areas, which experienced electricity outages. Those are frequent in Bulgaria, but in this case they were a direct consequence of the weather conditions in the eastern part of the country.

By now, the situation on Trakiya Highway as well as most other roads has improved.

By Imanuel Marcus

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe.

Photo source: Borissov’s Facebook page.



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