Out in the cold: People suffocate in cars, freeze to death in snow hit Siberia

c188snow Out in the cold: People suffocate in cars, freeze to death in snow hit Siberia

Three people have died in a snowed-in car in Altai Krai,southwestern Siberia, suffocating with exhaust fumes. The tragedyhappened after the car was stuck in the road near a small villageamid a severe snowstorm on Saturday night.Apparently, the passengers were trying to warm up in the vehicleby leaving the engine running and closing windows, which led toasphyxiation.The four people were on their way back from a fishing trip, RIANovosti reports citing police. They spent the night in the vehicle,and then one of them went to the nearby village looking for help.When he returned, his fellow passengers were dead.The temperature in the area was below -15 degrees Celsius at thetime of the incident.Four other people died in the region’s Novosibirsk Oblast thenight before, also after asphyxiating in their car. The localemergency service has said the four young men suffocated as aresult of a technical glitch in the vehicle’s heating system asthey rested at the side of a road.A tragic account of a man going astray in a blizzard has alsobeen reported from a Novosibirsk rural area.The 23-year-old had to cross 9 km through the snow to get to avillage where his ill relative lived. The raging snowstorm confusedthe young man, and he went the wrong way from the station.The man managed to call his parents and tell them he was lost,but then his phone battery went dead. After hours of searching invain, the locals discovered his frozen body well off the track onSunday morning.Over the weekend, heavy blizzards and strong winds paralyzedtraffic across Siberia, leaving more than a hundred of cars stuckin the snow.Emergency workers are now working to tackle the situation, butare reportedly hardly coping with snowstorms aftermath. Some cardrivers said they had to wait for more than 10 hours for the helpto come through, with emergency service only advising them to“wait patiently.”

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Out in the cold: People suffocate in cars, freeze to death in snow hit Siberia

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