Two travellers flipped a car yesterday at the mountain road Möðrudallsleið (road 905) right before a river crossing, Vísir reports. Hannes Lárus Hjálmarsson, a guide for local guide company GeoTravel from Mývatn, came to the scene half an hour after the accident. After having checked on the travellers, who were doing alright after the tumble, he snapped a photo of the flipped car an posted it online with the caption "Travellers find many different ways to get cars stuck in rivers, but this is one of the most original ways I've seen".
The travellers had contacted the police already, and police authorities in east Iceland reported that a call was received around 18:00 yesterday. The police refused to comment on why the car was flipped, but Hannes believes that the driver was speeding. "The driver claimed that he wasn't speeding but when you flip a car you need to drive quite fast, at least in most cases", Hannes commented. "I believe that he was startled and lost control of the car. There's a ridge to the left, just in front of the river. I saw their tire tracks on the ridge so I believe he flipped the car".
Police authorities will fetch the car and transport it to Egilsstaðir with the assistance of local search and rescue teams.
Travellers are advised to take caution while travelling in the unpredictable Icelandic highlands. The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (Vegagerðin) provides information on road conditions and weather at www.road.is and tel. 1777. The phone line is open from 08:00 - 16:00 in the summer and 6:30 - 22:00 in the winter. The number to call in case of an emergency is 112.