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Traffic Accidents Top 3,000 in 24 Hours Amid Heavy Snowfall

The number of minor traffic accidents in the capital surpassed 3,000 in the last 24 hours, far exceeding the daily average for the city, Moscow traffic police said Tuesday.

"There were 3,160 small traffic accidents in Moscow over the last day," a police spokesman said in comments carried by Interfax.

On average days, the number of traffic accidents in the city is between 1,500-2,500 per day, he said.

Yesterday's unprecedented number of fender benders stems from traffic violations made by drivers due to difficult driving conditions.

Many Moscow roads came to a virtual standstill yesterday due to heavy snow, with Yandex. Traffic giving traffic jams a rare 10 on its 10-point scale and warning that walking would be faster.

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