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US deep South snow storm maroons motorists

January 29, 2014

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Thousands of people were left stranded overnight on motorways, in schools and churches as a snow storm spawned traffic chaos in the US deep South.

Airports and roads were closed as five states declared emergencies.

Military vehicles were deployed to aid stranded motorists and to reach those in need of food and water.

Barely 3in (7.6cm) of snow caused havoc in a warm-weather region where many cities do not even have snow ploughs or fleets of salt trucks.

Hundreds of road accidents were reported, a number of them involving lorries jack-knifing on highways.

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