1 killed, 2 seriously injured when bus skids off Norway road

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Posted: Jul 30, 2016 4:21 PM
1 killed, 2 seriously injured when bus skids off Norway road

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — One person was killed and two people were seriously injured Saturday when a tourist bus skidded off the road and into a ravine in Norway, police and a rescue official said.

The accident happened in the mountains and fjords near the city of Aalesund, 550 kilometers (340 miles) northwest of Oslo, Norway's capital.

The bus was en route to Trollstigen, a steep road with a dozen of hairpin turns that leads to the Geirangerfjord, one of Norway's most visited tourist sites, when it fell into a ravine, rescue spokesman Tor Ivar Sjaastad.

The Norwegian newspaper VG posted a photo of a white bus lying upside down with rescue personnel next to it. The newspaper said it had fallen 6 meters (20 feet) into a ravine.

Police, who gave the toll of dead and injured, said on Twitter it was "a foreign tourist bus" carrying approximately 40 people but did not provide further details. Norwegian media said the bus was from Ukraine.

Sjaastad said all passengers had been rescued from the bus and the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals. He could not say how many were injured.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.