Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, leader of the Left-Green environmentalist party, was seriously injured in an auto accident last night. Sigfússon was driving alone in a slope in Húnavatnssýsla when his car skidded off the road and rolled several times over until it stopped. He remained conscious and managed to call the police. Aid came from both Blönduós and Saudárkrókur. A helicopter was sent to the scene from Reykjavík after midnight with a doctor. The weather conditions were very unfavourable, a blizzard from the north.
Upon arrival at the State hospital in Reykjavík. Sigfússon was treated for serious injuries. He broke some ribs and his shoulder but his head and spine were not affected. He is in stable condition.
Members of Sigfússon’s party said that they would be calling in a temporarily replacement for his seat in the Althingi.
Sigfússon has been a member of Althingi since 1983. He was Minister of Agriculture and Communications from 1988-1991. Since then he has been in the opposition. He founded the Left-Green party and has been its only chairman.