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Bus Crash in North Iceland

By Andie Sophia Fontaine

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A tour bus traveling along Öxnadalsheiði, a portion of Route 1 leading through the mountains between Akureyri and Skagaströnd in North Iceland, lost control and tipped over while driving at around five in the afternoon yesterday. Five are reportedly seriously injured but there were no fatalities.

Asphalt bleeding

First responders were at the scene quickly, and after assessing that no one had died in the accident, most injured parties were transported to the hospital in Akureyri, RÚV reports. Five people, the most seriously injured, were flown by helicopter to Reykjavík.

The accident closed Öxnadalsheiði to traffic while the matter was being attended to and investigated. It is now believed that the likely culprit was “asphalt bleeding”, wherein warm temperatures cause binders and oils in the asphalt to rise to the surface.

Drive carefully

Öxnadalsheiði is open again to traffic, Vísir reports.

Iceland may not be known for its warm temperatures, but extended spells of warm and dry weather can lead to asphalt bleeding. Fortunately, Iceland’s road administration posts up-to-date news on road conditions around the country to help plan your trip accordingly. It is very important to consult this site and SafeTravel before you get on the road.

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