Four vehicles stranded on 'lethal' icy road at beauty spot as temperature drops

The stranded occupants of four vehicles had to be helped from a Shropshire beauty spot after getting stuck on treacherous icy roads high up.

Two of the stranded cars. Photo: Church Stretton Fire Station
Two of the stranded cars. Photo: Church Stretton Fire Station

Drivers who found their vehicles slipping uncontrollably on the ice on the Burway above Church Stretton, near Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd, contacted the emergency services as darkness was falling on Thursday.

The calls for help were made just after 4pm. Fire crews said the people in the vehicles "weren't local to the area".

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was asked by police to help the stranded drivers and passengers.

The team at the Church Stretton Fire Station said in a post on Facebook: "Please be careful outside and don't try to drive the Burway - it's lethal up that road in the winter time.

"Anyone that knows it will know how bad it can get so please pass onto others.

"These people weren't local to the area but we managed to get to them and escorted them down safely, but had to leave the cars where they were as too dangerous to move."

Two fire appliances including the incident support unit were mobilised from Church Stretton.

They were able to help the occupants of the vehicles and escort them down to the main road.

The gates closing the Burway, a popular scenic drive leading onto the Long Mynd, have now been closed, the fire service said, and authorities urged drivers to avoid hilly areas in icy conditions.

A yellow weather warning for ice is in place across Shropshire into Friday.

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