An SUV carrying seven members of a British household plunged off a excessive bridge Thursday in Iceland, killing three individuals and critically injuring the others, authorities mentioned.
Icelandic police mentioned one little one was among the many useless and two have been among the many injured.
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The accident occurred about 9.30 a.m. Thursday when the automobile slammed by means of a railing on the one-lane bridge at Skeidararsandur, an enormous sand plain in southern Iceland. The automobile landed on a rocky river financial institution.
Police say it stays unclear what induced the British driver to lose management of the automobile however temperatures have been round freezing on the time. The accident occurred hours earlier than this North Atlantic island noticed dawn, which hit the capital, Reykjavik, at 11:23 a.m. Thursday.
Tour information Adolf Erlingsson was among the many first on the scene.
“It was horrible,” he instructed The Related Press.
“The automobile appeared to have hit the bottom many metres from the place it stopped. We struggled getting everybody out.”
Police solely recognized the victims as British; their names and ages haven’t been launched. The 4 who survived have been flown by helicopter to a hospital in Reykjavik.
The accident passed off on Highway No. 1, which runs for 1,337 kilometers because it connects coastal cities and villages on this volcanic island of 350,000 individuals.
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Iceland has seen a huge vacationer increase within the final a number of years however its infrastructure has not at all times saved up. Roads are often slender, with many one-lane bridges.
Of the 18 individuals who have died in site visitors accidents in Iceland this yr, half of them have been overseas nationals. Final yr was the primary on file when extra foreigners died than residents, in accordance with the Icelandic Transport Authority.
This yr 2.5 million vacationers visited Iceland, in contrast with half 1,000,000 in 2011, in accordance with the Icelandic Vacationer Board.