Scaffolding fell over tram line

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Tens of thousands of tram passengers faced delays on Tuesday after scaffolding set up around a building toppled over and crashed into the power line that supplies one of Oslo’s busiest tram routes.

Tram service from Majorstuen to downtown was disrupted along with lines 17 and 18 that run through Adamstuen and up to the National Hospital (Rikshospitalet). Tram officials hoped to have service back on schedule by the afternoon commuter rush, and repairs were completed by mid-day.

Police reported there were no injuries, apparently because the scaffolding collapsed near the corner of Pilestredet and Wellhavens Gate during the night when the trams weren’t running and there were few pedestrians on the street.

The Oslo area was hit by strong winds during the night that also sent loose objects flying and littered the roads with tree branches, wet leaves and other debris. Traffic authorities were urging motorists to use extra caution because of slick roads and the debris.

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