All snow-stranded vehicles cleared from central Japan highways

All of the vehicles that had been stranded on expressways in central Japan amid heavy snow were cleared by late Monday, the road operator said. Over 1,200 vehicles were stuck on sections of the Hokuriku Expressway in Fukui Prefecture as well as on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway in Toyama Prefecture on Sunday as heavy snow continued in the area, according to Central Nippon Expressway Co. Some 20 vehicles that had remained disabled on the Hokuriku Expressway were rescued by Ground Self-Defense Force troops and other authorities late Monday night, the road operator said.

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