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Hundreds of cars trapped on coastal highway amid heavy snow

Cars are trapped in a 2-kilometer course between intersections of Sokcho and Yangyang, Gangwon Provine. (Yonhap)
Cars are trapped in a 2-kilometer course between intersections of Sokcho and Yangyang, Gangwon Provine. (Yonhap)

CHUNCHEON -- Hundreds of cars were trapped on some parts of a highway along the east coast Monday as heavy snowfall caused a traffic gridlock, the road authority said.

   Gangwon Province received about 10 centimeters of snowfall earlier in the day, which caused many cars returning from a three-day holiday to be stuck on the snow-covered Donghae Expressway, according to Korea Expressway Corp. (KEC)'s regional office.

   Monday is Independence Movement Day, a South Korean national holiday.

   Hundreds of cars were trapped in a 2-kilometer course between intersections of Sokcho and Yangyang, located about 200 km east of Seoul, as of late Monday, the KEC said, without elaborating on the exact figure.

   Several accidents occurred as many cars were not ready for heavy snow, which came in a relatively short period of time, officials said. (Yonhap)

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