Four individuals are in hospital with serious injuries following a bus accident in Southeast Iceland yesterday afternoon. Police will interview South Iceland Police Chief Sveinn Kristján Rúnarsson says weather conditions were dry and visibility good at the time of the accident.
“It was dry, sunny weather,” Sveinn told RÚV. “But the road is very narrow there and no shoulders to speak of to give some leeway. But there was some wind and gusts of wind which were blowing onto the road.” Sveinn says the bus had just passed two trucks when the accident happened. “It’s as if [the driver] loses control after that and somehow swerves [off the road].”
At 3.05pm yesterday afternoon, police received notice of a bus which had tipped over near Hof, Southeast Iceland. It took emergency crews around 30 minutes to free two passengers who had landed under the bus. The bus was transporting 32 passengers in total, all from China, plus a local driver. All 33 individuals were transported from the scene by helicopter: seven to Reykjavík, ten to Akureyri, and 16 to Selfoss, for revision and medical care. Four individuals were categorised as seriously injured. A police statement reported that many others had broken limbs and cuts that required treatment.
Route 1 was closed at the scene of the accident but reopened around 7.00pm after injured passengers were assisted. Police will conduct interviews today with those involved in the accident.