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Núpsvötn Car Accident Among Worst in Icelandic History

By Larissa Kyzer

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The car accident in which three British citizens, including a child, lost their lives on Thursday morning is among the worst car accidents to have ever occurred in Iceland, RÚV reports.

There have only been three traffic incidents in Iceland in which more than three people died. There were four victims in each of those accidents. There have been nineteen accidents in Iceland in which there were an equal number of fatalities. The most recent of these occurred last November. The earliest happened in 2000, a year in which there were actually three serious traffic accidents with three fatalities apiece.

Thursday morning’s accident occurred when a car drove off the bridge over Núpsvötn on the south coast. Two brothers and their families were driving in the car, seven passengers in total, all of whom were British citizens who were born in India. Both of the brothers were seriously injured in the accident, and both of their wives died. Two other young children were transported to the hospital after the accident and remain in critical condition.

The Indian embassy in Iceland confirmed the above details and has also been in touch with the brothers’ family in India. British friends of the family were expected to arrive in Iceland on Thursday night.

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