Sudden winter chill causes chaos
Although the snowfall was forecast many motorists - and the salt scattering services - were taken by surprise.
Het Laatste Nieuws /Oostkust ; Monday 24 November 2008
A sudden winter chill late yesterday afternoon left the country under a thick snow carpet and caused complete chaos. Although the snowfall was forecast many motorists - and the salt scattering services - were taken by surprise. The result: huge traffic problems and a large number of accidents with damage to vehicles.
Along the Brussels ring on the viaduct of Vilvoorde cars got stuck and trucks slid in diagonally on the road. Many people had to get out and push their vehicles. On other highways, such as the E40 between Brussels and the coast, the traffic could advance only 20 kilometres in two hours.
In the city centres it was even worse: 50 buses of De Lijn were stuck in Ghent at one point. `The passengers had not choice but to leave the buses and go on foot', De Lijn said. Air traffic was also disrupted: No airplanes could depart from Charleroi, and although some planes could depart from Zaventem airport, there were delays of between one and one and a half hours, and 20 flights had to be cancelled.
(expatica news 2008)