Investigation launched into fatal tour bus accident

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Police, highway officials and state accident investigators have launched a probe into the cause of a tour bus crash in Nord-Trøndelag on Tuesday that immediately killed three passengers and injured 13 others, one of them critically. The German driver of the Swiss tour bus faces preliminary charges of recklessness while investigators also probe road conditions and the condition of the bus itself.

The weather was clear and warm but local newspaper Tronder-Avisa reported that new asphalt recently laid on the portion of the two-lane E6 highway where the accident occurred at Namsskogan was described as slippery and moist.

Investigators said it was too early to determine a cause of the fatal crash and that several factors were being evaluated. Regional sheriff Stein Erik Granli told Tronder-Avisa that the bus driver who survived the crash nonetheless had been charged with reckless driving and violation of traffic laws. The driver was injured and is among those admitted to hospital.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday morning that at least some of those injured may be flown home to Switzerland later in the day.

newsinenglish.no staff