Two police cars trying to help HGV stuck in snow get stranded too and need rescuing

Rescue volunteers were called in after two police cars sent to help a HGV stranded in snow got stuck themselves. Members of the Leicestershire and Rutland 4×4 response team were called out to help the stranded officers on Loddington Road, just outside Tilton on the Hill, near Oakham, on Monday. Nigel Spencer, media officer for the volunteers, was one of the rescue team called at 5.25pm.

“It was carnage out there,” he said. “The snow had been impacted and was covered in ice so you could barely stand up. “The HGV had got stuck in the snow so called the police who arrived but then arrived they got stuck too. “There was a parcel van in the way and a gritter truck stuck behind all that trying to get through to treat the road.

“One police car was at the scene, another was a way away stuck on a hill. “It was like a giant roadside puzzle that had to be solved. We had to work out how we could get the gritter in front and lead everyone out of the situation.”

Two patrol cars got stuck in snow near Tilton on the Hill last night.

Nigel and others used brute force to push the van out of the way onto the side of the road.

“Once we had done that we shuffled the position of other vehicles so we could get the gritter though then everyone could follow,” he said. “We got the HGV to a local farm,. After that everyone was able to follow the track of the gritter.

“Then we went back for the other police car and towed them into Tilton on the Hill where the roads were passable.”

Two police cars trying to help HGV stuck in snow get stranded too and need rescuingTwo patrol cars got stuck in snow near Tilton on the Hill last night.

Nigel said that it took about four hours to get every vehicle on its way. He said that on the way to the incident he, and his 21-year-old son Chris – who is also a responder, came across a Waitrose home delivery van stuck in the snow. “We tried to release him but we could not and we had to get to the police car and the HGV.

The delivery driver was talking to a local farmer so we left him in good hands.

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“It was very busy night indeed.”

One of the Harborough police officers stuck in the car on the hill thanked the 4×4 team.

She tweeted:”I can thank the 4×4 response team enough for coming to help us this evening after getting stuck in the snow while responding to an incident thank you for all your support, you’re superstars.”

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