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Snow, sleet slow trains, buses as car crashes rise

SLEET and snow made the second workday after the Spring Festival difficult, with people stuck in traffic jams and passengers cooling their heels in bus and train terminals yesterday.

More than 40 high-speed railway services from Shanghai to neighboring cities like Hangzhou and Nanjing and to Beijing were canceled due to heavy snow in the Yangtze River Delta region, said Shanghai railway authorities. Some of the services gradually resumed by late yesterday after the weather got better, said railway officials.

Other train services were slowed for safety concerns.

No large-scale stranding of passengers was spotted at the railway stations.

The traffic authorities said they were clearing snow along the track and passengers could get ticket refunds.

The conditions on expressways were no better, causing the cancellation of hundreds of long-distance bus services mainly bound for Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces yesterday at Shanghai bus hubs. Extra services were added as expressways were cleared, said bus station staff.

City traffic also was affected as more than 30 vehicles broke down yesterday before 9am, said Shanghai traffic police. The police received more than 2,240 road accident alerts yesterday morning.

Dr Liu Deding from Changhai Hospital's orthopedics department said the department received five people injured in traffic accidents and four with fractures after falling on the slippery ground.


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