Mammoth 120-mile traffic jam in Russia strands drivers for days

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, December 3, 2012 9:53 EDT
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Mammoth Russian traffic jam
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A freak traffic jam in Russia left thousands of drivers stranded on a major highway, some for more than two days, Reuters reported Sunday.

“Drivers help one another and that’s it,” one motorist said. “The problems are on the side of the authorities, there are no gasoline tankers, no water, nothing, we are just stuck here.”

Officials blame heavy snowfall for the extreme congestion on the M-10 highway, which links the Russian capital of Moscow with St. Petersburg. Though police reportedly said traffic stretched no further than 55 kilometers, some accounts had the traffic jam being 200 kilometers, or 120 miles, long. Regular driving was expected to resume as of Sunday evening.

CNN reported that cafes in the path of the traffic were marking up prices in order to take advantage of the situation, while officials from the country’s Emergencies Ministry were offering counseling session for motorists unable to cope with being stuck.

Watch raw footage of people trying to make do while stuck along the road, posted by CNN Sunday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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