Mountain rescue teams help stranded motorists

Heavy overnight snow led to a busy day for the High Peak's Mountain Rescue teams. Photo contributed.
Heavy overnight snow led to a busy day for the High Peak's Mountain Rescue teams. Photo contributed.

PEAK DISTRICT Mountain Rescue teams were kept busy on Wednesday, rescuing drivers stranded by the snow.

The Kinder, Buxton, Edale and Glossop teams were all drafted in to help the police after heavy overnight snowfall which led to many routes being closed or only passable by 4x4 vehicles.

The Edale team were called to the Snake Summit on the A57 where they spent two hours clearing the road before evacuating four drivers to their Hope base. The Glossop team were also busy recovering drivers from the Snake Pass road at the same time.

An Edale vehicle and team doctor were also sent to Losehill Hall where a diabetic patient was reported to be fitting with the ambulance service unable to reach them. Later in the day, team members also responded at the request of the police to a road traffic collision near Frogatt and trapped motorists between Bakewell and Monyash, along with the Buxton and Kinder teams.

Buxton team members and two vehicles spent the day assisting the emergency services with a number of incidents.

The first call was to help the ambulance service access a multiple vehicle collision at Peak Forest. Whilst returning to their Dove Holes base they came across three motorists stranded in snow drifts up to five feet deep between Peak Dale and Peak Forest.

A further call was to assist the ambulance service at Buxton access a young child believed to have fallen downstairs. One of the team’s vehicles transported the child together with a paramedic to Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport for treatment.

Further assistance calls were received to check for stranded vehicles and drivers on the A515 road between Brierlow Bar and Parsley Hay, whilst the other vehicle was called to assist a lorry driver stranded in a vehicle at the Harpur Hill Industrial Estate.

Neil Carruthers, Buxton Team Leader, said: “We were working in extraordinary road conditions, experiencing blizzards with visibility at times of only 10 metres, which had caught a number of drivers out. We are very happy to assist our community in difficult circumstances in any meaningful way, using our specialist knowledge and equipment.”