Large blocks of frozen fish literally flew out of a truck on a windy road in western Norway Monday afternoon, and then crashed into two oncoming cars. One of the motorists had to be airlifted to a hospital in Bergen after being hit by the flying frozen fish.
The highly unusual accident occurred on the E39 highway near Vistviki on the island of Stord, between Haugesund and Bergen. Police said the load of frozen fish on the truck loosened and flew off when the truck hit a curve on the road, flying right into oncoming traffic on the road just south of the ferry dock at Sandvikvåg.
The truck was driving south and the cars were heading north, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “The first car that got hit by the flying fish was quite heavily damaged, while the car driving behind it had its windshield smashed,” Tore Nesbø of the Fitjar emergency services told NRK. “Both of the vehicles had to be towed away.”
The road, meanwhile, was littered with the heavy blocks of fish in ice. The cargo remaining on the truck had to be re-shifted and it all caused major traffic disruption in the area.
For photos from the scene, see NRK’s coverage here.
Two persons suffered minor injuries in the collision with the flying fish, while a 65-year-old woman was flown by air ambulance to Haukeland Hospital in Bergen. The collision damage and blocks of frozen fish in the road forced closure of the highway for several hours.
An investigation into why the fish cargo loosened was underway.