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Fatal Traffic Accident in Iceland’s Capital Region

Two people were killed in a traffic accident on Hafnarfjardarvegur on Friday, the road which leads between Reykjavík and Hafnarfjördur. A third person suffered severe injuries and is being kept in intensive care in Landspítali national hospital.

The traffic in Reykjavík. The photo is unrelated to this story. By Páll Stefánsson.

A crash barrier might have prevented a fatal accident. “It must be considered likely that a crash barrier would have prevented the car from going to the wrong side of the road,” Ágúst Mogensen, director of the Road Accident Investigation Group, told Morgunbladid.

The cause of the accident is being investigated but it appears as if the driver of an SUV lost control of his car and drove onto the wrong side of the road, straight into a taxi which was going the other direction. Conditions were slippery.

Drivers of both cars died and the passenger of the taxi is the one in intensive care with head trauma. His name is Hrafnkell Kristjánsson, a sports reporter at national broadcaster RÚV and former football player for Hafnarfjördur club FH.

Last night, people gathered at FH’s stadium, lit candles and sent warm thoughts to Kristjánsson. His brother, Ólafur Kristjánsson, addressed the assembly, Morgunbladid reports.

Jónas Snaebjörnsson, divisional manager of the Icelandic Road Administration, said it is relatively inexpensive to establish crash barriers and that in spite of cutbacks such potentially life-saving operations will be prioritized.

Sixteen people have died in traffic in Iceland so far this year. In 2008, 12 people died in traffic, 15 the previous year and 31 in 2006.

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