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Motorists endure cold night on highway

01-04-2011 08:41 BJT

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Let's stay in Guizhou, where some 8,000 people in more than 15-hundred vehicles, endured an icy night on the road.

Vehicles queued more than 20 kilometers along the Liuzhai section of National Highway 210 in Nandan County. People in their vehicles had no choice but to sleep in their vehicles. Officials conducted a head count of those stranded.

Wei Hongmei, official of Nandan County Party Committee, said, "We sent staff members to every vehicle to collect drivers' names, their phone numbers, and the plate numbers of their vehicles. We also gave them our contact number, in case they have some emergencies. We have to make sure we can keep in touch with all the stranded people anytime."

To comfort those left out in the cold, local authorities distributed quilts, warm clothes, bottled water, and food to motorists and passengers.

Fu Shihong, Vice Director of Nandan County Dept. of Civil Affairs, said, "We have already delivered some food and quilts to those who are stranded."

A medical team was assembled when the gridlock paralyzed the highway. They treated a woman who fainted in her car.

Patient's husband Deng Ping said, "I was scared, and I yelled "help!" Someone in charge helped my wife receive medical attention. I am so grateful for what they did."

Transportation authorities in the neighboring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region also spread de-icing salt along roads to prevent them freezing over. Emergency departments remain on high alert, though traffic is gradually returning to normal on National Highway 210.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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