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Child Dies Following Westfjords Car Accident

A one-year-old boy and his mother have both died following a car accident in the Westfjords, RÚV reports. The father of the family, who was also in the car, remains in hospital in Reykjavík. The tragic incident has left the family’s Westfjords community in a state of shock, and has led Icelandic authorities to revise quarantine guidelines for those returning from abroad.

The family of three was returning to Flateyri last Saturday morning after a trip to Poland, when their car veered off the icy road in Skötufjörður fjord and ended up in the ocean. The three were pulled from the vehicle by passers-by, who had to drive further down the road to call emergency services as there was no reception at the location of the accident. Weather slowed the arrival of emergency response crews, who eventually transported the family to the National University Hospital by helicopter. The woman, Kamila Majeska, died in hospital on Saturday evening. Her son Mikołaj Majewski, who was less than two years old, died in hospital yesterday. Tomasz, the father, remains in hospital. His condition has not been made public.

Community in Shock

Janina Magdalena Kryszewska lives in Ísafjörður, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Flateyri, and has known the family for several years. She says the accident is a shock to the community. “This family was wonderful. I remember when Tomasz and Kamila met, how happy he was and [how happy they were] together. Janina’s husband is a Search and Rescue volunteer and joined response crews at the scene of the accident. The community has begun collecting donations for Tomasz and his relatives in Poland. The money collected will go toward funeral expenses and travel expenses for relatives.

Quarantine Guidelines Revised

All travellers entering Iceland are required to undergo COVID-19 testing and quarantine for at least five days upon arrival. Until now, travellers have been instructed to proceed directly to their quarantine location, regardless of its distance from their point of arrival. In light of the car accident, the Civil Protection Department has decided to revise these instructions and encourage people quarantining far from their point of arrival to rest before setting off on a long drive. Many hotels in the capital area welcome travellers in quarantine.

It is not known whether exhaustion played a part in the accident, though an investigation into its cause is ongoing. Icy road conditions are believed to have been a factor.

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