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Buses Collide in Northeast Iceland

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Buses Collide in Northeast Iceland

Viðidalur, Ring Road 1.

In the small Víðidalur valley, a section on Ring Road 1, between Mývatnsöræfi and Möðrudalsöræfi mountain passes. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Two buses collided and a third one landed off the road in Möðrudalsöræfi, Northeast Iceland, this afternoon, according to ICE-SAR. There are no reports of injuries. Weather conditions at the site are very poor, and rescue workers are busy transporting passengers an 11-km distance to the exit to Vopnafjörður, where other buses await them.

The road over Mývatnsöræfi and Möðrudalsöræfi, that is, the mountain passes between Mývatn lake and Egilsstaðir, has been closed temporarily due to weather, mbl.is reports. Some travelers are reported to have run into trouble, and the areas’s weather forecast for the afternoon is bad.

A reporter for mbl.is says the worst conditions are in Langidalur by Svartfell, where the two buses collided.

The storm passing over East and Southeast Iceland will reach its height between 3 pm and 9 pm. Snow and poor visibility are in the forecast. Northwesterly winds of 20-28 m/sec are expected in the east and southeast, 15-23 m/sec elsewhere, except for the southwest, where the winds will be much lighter.

Wind gusts could reach 35-45 m/sec in the southeast, especially from Suðursveit to Berufjörður, where they could go reach 40-50 m/sec.

You can follow the weather forecast at en.vedur.is and road conditions at road.is.

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