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Blackout in Bláfjöll skiing area

The Reykjavík skiing area in Bláfjöll finally opened on Friday, but around 7 pm the power to the area was cut and some skiers were stuck in the lifts for over an hour.

The slopes in Bláfjöll opened despite little snow. Due to windy conditions, the chair lifts were not opened until in the afternoon. Around 7 pm, all lights went off and the lifts stopped. Fréttabladid reports.

The emergency service had to be called to get skiers out of the chair lifts and the last skier was rescued one and a half hours later. Some people were alarmed by the sudden darkness and cold, as the temperature in the mountains was -10°C.

The blackout was caused by a truck driven by a technician from the national broadcaster RÚV. A mast on the roof of the car hit a power line which snapped, so power to the slopes was cut.

“I couldn’t take the mast off so I had to drive with it on the top of my car,” Ólafur Ingvarsson, the RÚV technician who drove the car, said.

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