Five killed as ice and snow grips Britain

By Calvin Palmer

Snow swept across Wales, northern England and Scotland today and the freezing condtions have been blamed for five deaths.

Two climbers were reported missing after an avalanche this morning on Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in the Scottish Highlands.

Later, police said rescuers had found two bodies in the Coire na Ciste area of Ben Nevis.

Another climber was reported missing just before noon after an avalanche at Liathach Ridge at Torridon in Wester Ross, Scotland.

He was found later by the Torridon mountain rescue team. The man was conscious and had an arm injury.

On the M62 motorway across the Pennines, three men were killed last night when their car left the westbound carriageway close to Scammonden Dam, near Huddersfield, and collided with a barrier.

The men were traveling in a Mitsubishi car and are believed to be from Preston in Lancashire.

West Yorkshire Police have not released the names of the victims and are still investigating the cause of the accident.

A newspaper report names Alnoor Rajani, 31, from Preston, as one of the passengers in the car. He was married and had two young children.

The Arctic conditions caused accidents onthe A14 in Suffolk, the A5 in Shropshire and the A628 in Greater Manchester.

A large tree fell on an empty car near Blaenavon, south Wales, blocking the Blaenavon-Cwmavon road.

Rail services between Perth and Inverness were affected by the bad weather.

[Based on reports by The Daily Telegraph and The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.]

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