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Mudslide in West Fjords Hits Car

A large mudslide fell on the road between Hnífsdalur and Ísafjördur in the West Fjords yesterday, hitting a car with four teenagers inside. They were not harmed, but a rescue unit was called to the scene and the road was closed to prevent further accidents.

The mudslide was caused by rainy and windy conditions, causing the soil of the mountain slope above the road to come loose, Morgunbladid reports.

“A few stones had fallen on the road in front of me, but I carried on. Suddenly there were more falling rocks and the car got stuck,” said 17-year-old driver Viktoría Gudmundsdóttir from Hnífsdalur who had been driving her 14-year-old brother and his friends to Ísafjördur.

Gudmundsdóttir said she had then seen the mudslide come crashing down, flow underneath the car and around it. She and her passengers decided to vacate the car and run towards a vehicle which had stopped on the other side of the mudslide where they were given assistance.

“I was completely covered in mud,” Gudmundsdóttir said. “It’s funny, I had just been wondering how I would react if something like this would happen to me. I was a bit shocked, especially since I just got my license – last Monday, in fact.”

Geir Sigurdsson, operating director of the Public Road Administration in Ísafjördur said the mudslide had been rather large; 50 meters wide and two meters high in some places. Road Administration employees began clearing the road last night.

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