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Snow pretty - thousands of vehicle crashes, delays were not

SNOW on the weekend gave the city a romantic white frosting, but the weather also caused transportation headaches that continued yesterday such as highway crashes, delays for many passengers, and even a river rescue.

Thousands of traffic accidents took place yesterday in Shanghai because of the slippery roads, officials said.

Cars and trucks were damaged in a six-vehicle pile-up about 7am close to a toll station in Jiading District but no one was reported injured.

In a key elevated road section, "just from late Saturday until yesterday morning, there were nearly 100 accidents," said Qiu Qingfeng, a traffic police squad leader. It was "much worse compared with normal days."

Plane and bus passengers continued to deal with problems because of bad weather around the country.

Nearly 100 flights at Hongqiao International Airport were canceled or delayed yesterday morning, gradually resuming in the afternoon. Pudong International Airport saw relatively smooth operations yesterday.

More than 80 long-distance bus trips set to depart from the city were canceled with more than 50 others delayed yesterday, local officials said.

Along the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, 10 trips were canceled yesterday and more than 10 others delayed. But many train services at Shanghai stations started to return to normal after Saturday's gridlock.

Maritime rescuers said 19 sailors were saved early yesterday morning after their ship had trouble with gales near the Yangtze River's mouth.


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