CHAOS: Troops called in in Madridspa

THE PSOE have called for Spain’s traffic boss to be sacked over what they say has been a total mishandling of the snow chaos.

The Socialists today called on Home Secretary Juan Ignacio Zoido to sack Gregorio Serrano, head of traffic body DGT, for the ‘atrocious mismanagment’ of the weekend’s events just north of Madrid.

“To be able to turn up in Congress with a bit of credibility, Zoido should bring the dismissal of the director of traffic with him”, said PSOE spokesman Óscar Puente, who is also the Mayor of Valladolid (Castilla y León).

It comes after thousands of drivers and passengers were left stranded in snow overnight on Saturday, many on a privately managed toll motorway, the AP-6.

Hundreds of soldiers had to be deployed to rescue trapped passengers, some who had been there for more than 13 hours.

“The drivers who were trapped on the AP-6 are not responsible for events”, said Puente, “that’s what the law says and that’s what legal precedent says. The director of the DGT should know that.”

 

Partido Popular spokesman Fernando Martínez Maíllo apologised to drivers this morning during a programme on state broadcaster TVE, admitting that ‘something went wrong’.

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