27 Injured in Bus Accident

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A bus with 27 people in it crashed in the south of Iceland yesterday. All 26 passengers and the driver were injured, Mbl.is reports, with some injuries considered “major” by police.

All transported to hospitals

The bus rolled over on Rangárvallavegur in the vicinity of Stokkalækur shortly before 5 PM yesterday. All aboard were transported to hospitals, some to Landspítali in Reykjavík, but others to Hella or Selfoss.

The Icelandic Coast Guard dispatched two helicopters to the scene to transport 7 people to Reykjavík. A large number of ambulances arrived on the scene as well.

Cause to be determined

Everyone aboard the bus was an Icelandic citizen. “We’re going over their injuries,” said Jón Gunnar Þórhallsson, chief superintendent with the South coast police. “It ranges from minor to major injuries.”

The bus was operated by GTS buses. The cause of the accident has yet to be determined.

Fatality in Bus and Scooter Collision

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A man on an electric scooter died this weekend after colliding with a bus, RÚV reports. The victim, who was a foreign national living in Iceland, was in his twenties.

This is the second fatal accident involving an electric scooter in Iceland. The first occurred almost a year ago exactly, in November of 2021, when a man in his 50s collided with a motorcycle.

According to police spokesperson Guðmundur Páll Jónsson, the man seems to have driven his scooter into the side of a group coach about the size of a bus, when it was travelling at low speed. The collision took place at the corner of Barónstígur and Grettisgata around 9:00 pm on Saturday night. Police are still investigating the circumstances of the accident.

The The Red Cross offered trauma support and counseling to seventeen of the passengers, as well as three more witnesses on Sunday. Sunday also happened to be a day of memorial for victims of traffic accidents. Eight people have died in traffic-related accidents in Iceland in 2022.

This article has been updated.

Bus Carrying Tourists Overturns

A bus carrying 23 tourists overturned on Mosfellsheiði heath between the town of Mosfellsbær and Þingvellir National Park in South Iceland on Tuesday afternoon, RÚV reports. Three passengers sustained minor injuries, but as all but one person on board was wearing a seat belt, no serious injuries were incurred.

According to a post on the South Iceland police’s Facebook page, slippery road conditions led to the event. A paramedic who is stationed at Þingvellir was the first on the scene. After he determined that none of the passengers was seriously injured, the priority was to transport them to the service centre Þingvellir to wait while emergency services arrived on the accident scene.

Another bus was sent to pick up the travellers at Þingvellir. All of them intended to resume their trip.

Driver Found Guilty in Fatal Bus Crash

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The driver of a tour bus that rolled over in an accident in December 2017 and lead to the death of two people has received a six-month suspended prison sentence, RÚV reports. He will also lose his driver’s license for two years and responsible for paying both court and legal expenses in excess of ISK 4.1 million [$32,868; €28,930]. The ruling was issued on Friday by the South Iceland District Court.

The accident occurred in South Iceland, just west of the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The bus rolled over when the driver, who was traveling 10 – 12 km/hr over the posted speed limit, tried to edge the bus to the left when a passenger vehicle unexpectedly appeared on its right side. Ice on the roadway caused the bus to crash into the car, however, which had also slipped to the left.

There were 46 passengers on the bus when it overturned, all of whom were Chinese tourists. One of the passengers died at the scene of the accident, another two weeks later. Two additional passengers were seriously injured.

Witnesses testified that the bus was not in good repair on the day of the accident and should not have been driven. According to tachograph data collected from the bus in the minutes before the crash, it was traveling between 100 – 102 km/hr [62 – 63 mi/hr], although the posted speed limit on rural roads is 90 km/hr [56 mi/hr]. The driver testified that prior to setting off on the trip, he’d noticed that the brakes were not working equally well on all the vehicle’s wheels and also that the winter studs on the tires were fairly worn down.

The official report on the bus’s condition at the time of the accident also found that the tire studs were in poor condition. As such, they were of no use when the bus began slipping on the icy road at the time of the accident. Investigators also found that there was no brake on the left front wheel.

The driver’s negligence in failing to properly examine and conduct maintenance on the bus before setting out and also in driving over the speed limit in icy conditions was then, the court found, directly responsible for the deaths of two people and the serious injury of two more.