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Three Airlifted to Hospital After Car Accident on South Coast

A collision involving two vehicles on Sudurlandsvegur in South Iceland ended with three people being transported to the hospital by helicopter and a fourth sustaining less serious injuries, RÚV reports.

All four of the accident victims are foreign citizens, although their nationalities were not disclosed by police. There were two passengers in each vehicle. According to the Suðurland police, the driver of one of the cars lost control on an icy patch of road at around 6 pm on Thursday night, and the cars collided. The vehicles crashed at high speed, flipping one of them. One of them was so damaged that two of the passengers had to be cut from wreckage.

Police closed the road between Vík and Kirkjubæjarklaustur just after 7 pm while an initial investigation was made, and it was not reopened to traffic until almost 10 pm.

Serious traffic accidents have become unfortunately common in Iceland of late, and many such incidents occur in heavily trafficked South Iceland. In early January, three British citizens lost their lives when a car when a car drove off the bridge over Núpsvötn on the south coast. In terms of fatalities, this was one of the worst car accidents in Icelandic history.

In the middle of the month, a thirteen-year-old was hit by a car when walking to school. The victim did not sustain any serious injuries, but parents and concerned locals took up informal crossing guard duty after the event.

Then, at the end of January, a rental car collided with a school bus on a single-lane bridge on the road between the two popular tourist attractions, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir. Luckily, no people were injured in the crash, but both vehicles were totaled.

At time of writing, there was no report on the condition of Thursday’s accident victims.

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