Three died this morning after a car drove off the bridge over Núpsvötn on the south coast, RÚV reports. There were seven passengers in the car, all British citizens, and at least three of the survivors are seriously injured.
An emergency call at 9.42 this morning alerted the police that a car had driven off the bridge on route 1, through the road rails and onto the riverbank. According to Sveinn Kristján Rúnarsson, captain of the Hvolsvöllur police department, it’s not known what caused the accident but it’s possible that ice could have formed on the bridge as temperatures hovered around 0°C. He confirmed that among the dead was one child and that the four people who were moved to the hospital were conscious.
Sveinn Rúnar is hopeful that the road will be opened again between three and four pm.