Hundreds of vehicles stranded in Fukui, Toyama

Hundreds of vehicles are reportedly stranded on expressways in Fukui and Toyama prefectures due to heavy snow.

Central Nippon Expressway says that as of 4 a.m. Sunday, nearly 700 vehicles are stuck on the Hokuriku Expressway in Fukui Prefecture.

It adds that about 590 of them are on the outbound lanes near the Fukui-kita and Maruoka interchanges, and around 95 on the inbound lanes nearby.

In Toyama Prefecture, company officials say about 200 vehicles are stranded over a stretch of more than 10 kilometers on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway.

They say the vehicles are on the inbound lanes between the Oyabe-Tonami junction and Fukumitsu interchange.

Both Fukui and Toyama prefectures say they've requested the deployment of Ground Self-Defense Force personnel to help tow the vehicles and to distribute food and gasoline.