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Cars blown off roads in Iceland

The assistance of emergency services was needed yesterday due to stormy weather. Roads were closed in south Iceland and the Westfjords, and cars were blown off the road in south and west Iceland.

Sudurlandsvegur highway, across the heath Hellisheidi between Reykjavík and Selfoss, was closed between 11 am and 2 pm yesterday. It was impassible due to a fierce blizzard, Fréttabladid reports.

Two cars collided on Sudurlandsvegur shortly before the road was closed and two of the passengers were brought to a hospital in Reykjavík with an ambulance. The wind speed reached 29 meters per second.

“We couldn’t see anything when we drove up the heath, but the weather calmed down quickly and people were patient even though they had to wait,” said Ásgeir Sigurdsson, the equipment manager at the emergency service Flugbjörgunarsveitin in Reykjavík.

The road across Kirkjubólshlíd in the Westfjords between Ísafjördur and Súdavík was also closed yesterday because avalanches fell on the road.

In Bolungarvík, in the Westfjords, people were asked to vacate their homes again due to avalanche risk. People living in the so-called “danger zone” were asked to vacate their houses last week, but were allowed to return home on Friday.

It was so stormy on Kjalarnes, southwest Iceland, that a bus was blown off the road and a few personal vehicles ended up outside the road as well.

In south Iceland, west of the river Markarfljót, a bus was also blown off the road carrying 30 Norwegian schoolchildren. No one was injured.

Motorists also ran into trouble on Reykjanesvegur highway on Reykjanes peninsula, south of Reykjavík, and on Snaefellsnes peninsula, north of Reykjavík.

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