Heavy snow continues to trap cars on National Route No. 8 that connects Fukui and Ishikawa prefectures on Feb. 8. Some vehicles have been stranded for more than 48 hours. (Takuya Chikusa and Shujiro Tsujimura)

Seven people were killed in snow-related accidents and at least 34 injured in related mishaps as record snowfall kept traffic at a standstill across much of the Hokuriku region of northwestern Japan.

Ground Self-Defense Force personnel were still trying to free trapped motorists Feb. 8 on a stretch of National Route No. 8 in Fukui Prefecture.

As of 9 a.m., the Transport Ministry estimated that 310 trucks and cars remained stranded on the road. Authorities said that 1,400 or vehicles got stuck from Feb. 6, creating a line that stretched about 20 kilometers. Many motorists were forced to spend the night in their vehicles.

Seven fatalities and injuries were reported by local authorities in Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama and Niigata prefectures.

Public transport remained knocked out in many areas as residents continued to shovel snow that was piling up in record levels.

More snow was forecast for some parts of the region Feb. 8 by the Japan Meteorological Agency.