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Car Accidents, Bad Weather Cause Road and Tunnel Closure

The road through Hellisheiði has been closed indefinitely due to bad weather and a road accident, RÚV reports. Steep winds are now blowing through the northwest of Iceland, causing The Icelandic Meteorological Office to issue a special warning against strong gusts along the coastline, especially around Snæfellsnes, the south part of the Westfjords, Brattabrekka, Holtavörðuheiði and roads leading north.

A low pressure area situated over Faxaflói is moving slowly to the north today, causing gales and severe gusts of wind, expected to reach 67 miles per hour near mountains.

The winds are presumed to be strong from about 11 AM, persisting well into the day. Furthermore, roads all over the country are now covered in ice and in many places snowfall is expected, travellers are asked to take heed.

In addition, Hvalfjörður tunnel is closed at the moment, as two people were rushed to a hospital this morning after a car crash in the tunnel. According to a RÚV report, one person’s injuries were minor, whilst the state of the other remains unclear. The accident caused oil to leak into the tunnel, forcing officials to close it down while the spill is cleaned up. The tunnel is expected to reopen as soon as possible.

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