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Incident Date: 01 March 2018
DANGEROUS structures, road traffic collisions and fallen trees are just some of the incidents firefighters have been dealing with across Greater Manchester due to snow and strong winds.
On Thursday, March 1, crews and officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to numerous incidents involving dangerous structures, including roofs and garden furniture hanging precariously.
One of the most serious incidents occurred on the M66 at 11.25am when firefighters were called to a collision involving 16 vehicles between the Ramsbottom and Bury junction.
No one was trapped in any of the vehicles, although paramedics assisted two people who had remained in their cars, and one was taken to hospital. Others were assessed inside a bus that was used as makeshift shelter.
In Manchester, two teenage men were taken to hospital after becoming trapped under a fallen conifer tree. Two fire engines from Littleborough and Blackley, and a rescue unit from Ashton, were called to Erskine Road at 2.11pm. Firefighters used a chainsaw and cutting gear to release the men. They suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.
GMFRS’ Area Manager, Billy Myers, said: “I would urge everyone to take precautions during this bad weather. Our advice is to only travel if absolutely necessary – and if you do have to travel, please take extra care and time when making your journey.
“In strong winds, please bring in any loose items from your garden, and secure furniture and large items such as gazebos and trampolines. Don’t take any risks and look out for vulnerable relatives and neighbours.”
Crews have been called to a number of more minor incidents caused by the bad weather:
Crews have also been working with partner agencies to assist vulnerable members of the community.