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Police officers rescue tonnes of beer as lorry jack-knifes in Co Armagh

Police helped transport a patient and nurse to hospital during the snowstorm

PSNI Newry and Mourne

Police were on hand to rescue a lorry load of beer kegs when it jack-knifed in Co Armagh on Tuesday night.

Crews from the Newry and Mourne area were assisting people as the snow battered down, especially in the higher grounds of south Armagh.

And as expected, it was a busy night all round from them and others.

Posting highlights of their work on social media this morning, a PSNI spokesperson said: “Police from Newtownhamilton have been out and about throughout the night.

“The weather was pretty poor for driving but we were able to assist our colleagues in the health service by transporting a patient to hospital from Crossmaglen.

“We were further able to assist the health service. We transported a nurse into work who was unable to get though the snow.

“And finally, assisted a lorry driver who had jackknifed with a lorry load of beer kegs (he had to get through). A busy night.”

Elsewhere, the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team (MMRT) were busy in south Armagh too.

“We’re out again with the team from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust providing ‘bad weather’ transport,” said a MMRT spokesperson.

“It’s always a pleasure working with the staff to provide such essential care.

“Team members have been working a shift pattern since yesterday morning and will continue depending on conditions.

“Without putting yourself at risk, please check on the elderly and vulnerable, whether relatives or neighbours, often a simple phone call can be enough.”

Meanwhile, the Department for Infrastructure say all major routes remain passable, however, some rural areas have seen greater snowfalls in particular eastern and southern counties and motorists should drive with caution.

Resources are currently focussed on road salting operations, however they will endeavour to restock salt bins and salt piles on public roads for community self-help as quickly as possible and when safe to do so.

Over the next 24 hours the weather is expected to be a wintery mix with further snow possible in northern and western regions and rain possible in southern and eastern regions.

With already difficult driving conditions, road users should continue to exercise caution, consider their journey, leave extra time and follow advice in the Highway Code.

Despite their best efforts, the Department cannot guarantee ice free roads even after salting and rain can wash salt off the road and ice may form.

Drivers should exercise caution and drive with care, increase their stopping distance and be prepared for changing conditions.

Multi-agency responders will meet again this morning and continue to monitor the weather, responding as necessary, and have emergency planning arrangements in place to deal with any further weather impacts.

Information about road conditions is available at www.trafficwatchni.com

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