Four cars carrying a total of 11 people had to be dug out of an avalanche that crashed down on the E39 highway in Romarheimsdalen on Sunday, and avalanche danger remained high on Monday. Snow-clearing crews, police and ambulance personnel had to flee an area along Highway 13 as more tons of snow and ice threatened to crash down.
Stormy weather, heavy snow and sharp changes in temperatures contributed to the ongoing avalanche danger in the mountains of southern Norway. The particularly frightening avalanche on Sunday occurred on the south side of the Masfjord Tunnel on the E39 highway in Hordaland County, western Norway. It smashed the windows of cars, injuring a small child who was a passenger in one of the cars caught in the mounds of snow and ice.
Passengers in other cars were also cut by smashed glass, but they were all rescued. The highway remained closed on Monday as were other other mountain passes following a weekend of gale force winds, rain and snow.