Mountain rescue team aids Cumbria snow-stuck drivers

Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team digging out trapped vehicles
Image caption A total of eight vehicles had become trapped

Mountain rescuers helped recover motorists trapped by snow in Cumbria, it has been revealed.

Members of the Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team were asked to assist police after an army lorry skidded, blocking the B6270 on Tailbridge Hill on Monday.

A further seven vehicles were blocked in at the road's highest point - 1,640ft (500m) above sea level.

Seventeen team members helped dig them out and the vehicles were able to make their way downhill safely.

A spokesman for the team said: "That stretch of the B6270, high on the Pennines, is prone to blockage by snow, even when almost all the rest of the road is clear."

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