M62 closure: Hundreds of drivers stranded for 19 HOURS in Storm Emma travel chaos

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Motorists were left trapped, some for more than 19 hours, after heavy snow and high winds from Storm Emma left the motorway impassable.

Greater Manchester Police warned conditions on the roads remained dangerous overnight, with strong winds causing snow drifts.

The North West Motorway Police said wind speeds had reached 90mph over the Rakewood Viaduct, between junctions 21 and 22 of the M62.

And the motorway remained closed this morning in both directions from junctions 24 to 21.

Surrounding roads such as the A62, A618 and A66 were also shut.

Police warned drivers not to travel unless absolutely essential.

Dave Webb, 37, from Wakefield, said he had been stuck for about 10 hours halfway between the two junctions, with queues of other stranded vehicles in front and behind him.

He said: "We came to a halt at about 5.30pm last night and have been here since.

Drivers were stranded on the M62 all night

PADrivers were stranded on the M62 all night

M62 - cars were queueing throughout the nightPA

M62 - cars were queueing throughout the night

"We brought water, snacks and blankets for myself and my wife and have plenty of petrol, but we just want to be home now.

"There hasn't been any snow since about 6.30pm but the wind is pretty strong and gusting. Ploughs have been on the eastbound carriageway."

But local residents in Milnrow, Rochdale, came to their aid, bringing hot drinks, food and blankets to people stuck on the carriageway.

Volunteer Eleanor Kelly, 19, said about 30 people had braved the conditions to take supplies up the hill to the motorway - including to a father with a baby and toddler in the car.

Volunteers tried to help stranded M62 driversPA

Volunteers tried to help stranded M62 drivers

Yesterday an emergency vehicle caught fire on the M62 at HuddersfieldPA

Yesterday an emergency vehicle caught fire on the M62 at Huddersfield

A swathe of the M62 was closed offPA

A swathe of the M62 was closed off

She said: "We've been trying to get to as many people as we can in about a mile radius from where we can get to the carriageway.

"It's been a bit mad.

"We even had to warm up some hot milk for a guy stuck at the junction with two children.

"We knocked on his car and he had a five-week-old baby and what must have been a one or two-year-old girl in the car with him."

The local community centre, Butterworth Hall, was also opened overnight to provide refuge for those stranded.

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