125-Mile Traffic Jam: Russians Stuck For Hours Due To Snow And Fog

By Amir Khan on December 3, 2012 11:04 AM EST

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Russian drivers were stuck for hours due to a 125-mile long traffic jam (Photo: Flickr.com/epSos.de)

A 125-mile traffic jam left Russians stuck for hours due to intense snow and fog, according to the state-run RIA Novosti News. The 125-mile traffic jam, which stretched from Moscow to St. Petersburg along the major M-10 highway, lefts cars, trucks and other vehicles completely motionless.

Heavy fog, coupled with the three feet of snow that hit the area last week, were responsible for the 125-mile traffic jam. And although the snow stopped, the traffic jam continued, abating at a speed of approximately three miles per hour.

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The State Automobile Inspectorate said that delays from the 125-mile traffic jam will likely continue for some time.

"Travel remains stop-and-go for a stretch of between 135 and 190 kilometers (84-118 miles) on M-10 in Tver Region," he said, according to CNN. "One lane in each direction is clear of snow. Trucks are moving at roughly 5-10 kilometers per hour (3-6 mph)."

According to RIA, vehicles stuck in the 125-mile traffic jam could face 13 hour delays.

Motorists stuck in the 125-mile traffic jam complained that restaurants and shops on the M-10 highway have started price gouging, according to RIA. To help, Russia's Emergency Ministry set up warming stations and hot food distribution centers along the 125-mile traffic jam.

Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov also toured the 125-mile traffic jam by helicopter, and said they are working to alleviate the 125-mile traffic jam.

"(Puchkov) is making sure that all necessary measures are being taken and that all vital personnel in afflicted regions have everything they need, particularly for the warming stations and hot food distribution along the highway," a ministry spokesman said.

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