Extremely slippery roads snarled traffic

A change in the weather led to what Norwegians dread most when out driving: rain that freezes when it hits the asphalt. Cars, trucks and buses were swerving out of control all over Central and Southern Norway this week.

“We urge everyone to drive extra carefully,” wrote police on Twitter, especially in the early morning hours as the commuter rush was beginning. Even vehicles with solid winter tires were challenged by the icy conditions that posed huge hazards.

Public transport was also affected in Oslo, with several buses running off the roads, Line Skott of the Oslo Police District told newspaper Aftenposten. “But we actually had expected more trouble than there was on Tuesday,” she said. “Now we’re hoping things calm down a bit.”

There were two accidents on the E6 highway between Klemetsrud and Taraldrud south of Oslo after a series of accidents that blocked roads on the E6 much father north in Trøndelag. Warnings were also up in Østlandet, Telemark, Agder, Helgeland and Salten because of the rain freezing upon contact with the ground.

newsinenglish.no staff