A woman in her twenties has died and her husband and young child are in hospital in Reykjavík following a car accident in the Westfjords. The three were returning to their home in Flateyri after a trip abroad when their car went off the road and ended up in the ocean. Passers-by rescued the trio and administered first aid before rescue crews arrived. The woman later died in hospital.
Last Saturday morning, Kamila Majewska, her husband, and their young child were on their way to quarantine in Flateyri after returning to the country from Poland when the accident occurred. Its cause is still being investigated, but roads were icy and slippery at the time. Passers-by saw the accident and pulled the family from their car. They were transported to the National Hospital in Reykjavík by helicopter. Kamila died on Saturday evening despite doctors’ efforts. Her husband and child remain in hospital.
Since the family was in travel quarantine at the time of the accident, rescue crews who attended to them were also required to quarantine, but have since been released.
Poor Phone Service in Area
The accident occurred in Skötufjörður fjord, some 70 kilometres from Ísafjörður. According to RÚV, the travellers who spotted the accident could not reach emergency services at the location because there was no phone service. They had to drive further along the road until their phone connected to the network. In response to the accident, Þorleifur Jónasson of Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland stated it would be both costly and difficult to ensure perfect phone service across the Westfjords, primarily due to its mountainous topography.