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Truck Driver Dies after North Iceland Accident

death-announcementsThe truck driver who suffered severe injuries in an accident in northwest Iceland on Monday was pronounced dead upon arrival to the Landspítali hospital in Reykjavík the same evening. He was 35 and lived in Akureyri and leaves behind two young daughters.

It is unclear what caused the collision of his truck and the trailer of another truck driving in the opposite direction. There was no indication of speeding and the roads weren’t icy. The accident will be investigated by the Road Accident Investigation Group, Morgunbladid reports.

The collision occurred in a slope on the Ring Road west of the Bólstadarhlídarbrekka hillside near Blönduós. Concrete pipes that were being transported in the trailer scattered all over the road, so it had to be closed until 6:30 yesterday morning.

“We still don’t know what happened, whether the trailer with the concrete pipes and the other truck hit each other when the trucks met or whether the trailer with the pipes came loose and hit the [other] truck,” said Höskuldur Erlingsson, duty officer at Blönduós.

It is possible that there was a failure in the equipment of the truck that transported the pipes but it has also often been pointed out that Icelandic roads can hardly withstand traffic by such heavy vehicles as the two that collided.

The roads wear down quickly and as the gap between these large trucks is often minimal, irregularity in the road surface can cause a jolt exactly where the trucks meet.

However, Erlingsson wouldn’t make any statements about whether such conditions had contributed to the accident before the investigation has been completed.

Meanwhile, a family of four whose SUV overturned near Súdavík in the West Fjords last night when the driver was trying to escape rocks that had slid onto the road escaped with a few scratches while the car is severely damaged.

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