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Foreign workers injured in bus accident in east Iceland

By Iceland Review

At least 15 were injured, two of whom were seriously injured, when a bus drove off the road on the hillside of Bessastadarfjall mountain near the old monastery Skriduklaustur in east Iceland yesterday. There were about 30 passengers on the bus, all foreign workers.

The bus drove straight off the road at a speed of about 60 kilometers per hour and the passengers were not wearing seatbelts. There were no skid marks on the road, Morgunbladid reports.

The passengers were all foreign-born workers participating in the Kárahnjúkar dam project on behalf of the Icelandic contractor company Arnarfell, and they were on their way to Egilsstadir for a one-day vacation.

According to Lárus Bjarnason, head of the local authorities in Seydisfjördur, the emergency crews’ first priority was bringing the 15 injured passengers to hospitals in Reykjavík, Akureyri and Neskaupstadur.

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