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Couple stranded in car for 17 hours

A retired couple were left "starving and freezing" after being stranded in their car for 17 hours on a journey which usually takes 40 minutes.

Hundreds of travellers were caught out as a fresh wave of snow and blizzards struck major routes in central Scotland.

Pensioners Stewart and Kathleen Hendrie left their daughter's house on Glasgow's south side at 10am on Monday and finally sought warmth in a hotel in Cumbernauld at 4am on Tuesday.

The couple were trying to make their way home to Falkirk when they were caught up in the gridlock.

Mrs Hendrie, 66, said: "We had breakfast with my daughter at 8am before setting off home. It was 9pm before we ate again after we walked a mile along the road to a petrol station.

"We put £10 of petrol in the car before setting off, which is more than enough to make the journey, but we were starting to run out of fuel after leaving the engine running to keep warm.

"Luckily, there was a van near us who let us come inside for a while to get a blast of heat when it was minus 14 outside."

Meanwhile, another couple have told how they spent their wedding night stranded on the M74 as they travelled to Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands for their honeymoon.

Mike and Sarah Roots travelled from Essex to Gretna Green for their wedding on Monday but became entangled in the travel chaos on the motorway just outside Glasgow as they tried to travel north, and they did not move until 5.30am on Tuesday.

Mrs Roots, 30, said: "It was really the least romantic way to spend my wedding night. It was absolutely horrendous."

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