Abandoned cars are still causing carnage in Dartmoor
Police have closed the main road leading from Plymouth to Dartmoor because of hazardous driving conditions and the amount of abandoned cars strewn around the area making it hard to pass
Police have closed the main road leading from Plymouth to Dartmoor because of hazardous driving conditions and the amount of abandoned cars strewn around the area making it hard to pass.
Yesterday, hundreds of drivers took to the roads to head for the snowy moors, but things soon came to an abrupt halt after cars were reportedly being dumped ON the roads, making routes impassable.
Although roads around the area, including the route from Yelverton to Princetown and Two Bridges Road were closed, drivers were still attempting to access them.
Yesterday, pictures showed what looked like a scene from an apocalypse film – but it was the huge traffic jam which stretched as far as the eye could see on Dartmoor.
Selfish parking and abandoned cars caused chaos after an ambulance was ‘boxed in’ while trying to reach a patient in an emergency call out, too.
Sophy Miles, who was travelling from Widecombe-in-the-Moor to Bovey Tracey, described how the vehicle got stuck while trying to pass people who had parked ‘selfishly’ on the road near Haytor.
She said: “The ambulance was on blue lights so needed to get somewhere fast and the paramedic was extremely fraught going from car to car trying to get people to move, when her biggest priority should have been getting to that patient and not dealing with ignorant snow tourists who park wherever they fancy.
“As we were heading down to Haytor at about 3pm it was carnage, people were parking wherever they wanted and in that stretch of half a mile or so, so many cars were parked up n the side that the access was limited to one vehicle only.
“Cars were getting stuck trying to manoeuvre around all of the parked cars.
“We were waiting in the traffic build-up when we could see the ambulance ahead struggling to get past.
“By the time it got to us it was completely boxed in. My partner got out of the car to try and help, but it was horrendous there was nothing we could do.”
The B3212 was closed yesterday, but it did reopen this morning. However it has had to be closed again by police.
BBC Travel Southwest has tweeted that they’ve had reports that the B3387 betwenn Haytor and Bovey Tracey is clsoed.
Traffic site Inrix is also reporting that it’s now shut again due to snow and ice between Yelverton to Tor Royal Lane in Princetown. Due to hazardous driving conditions, the police have closed the road until it improves.
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