The eastern city of Elverum in Hedmark County was in sorrow this week after three teenagers riding in a car driven at high speed collided with a moose just before the weekend. The driver of the car, an 18-year-old from nearby Hamar, escaped with minor injuries.
All four were friends and police were still trying to piece together the chain of events leading to the fatal accident. “We’re talking about young people here and that leads to a lot of emotion,” Ove Osgjelten, acting station chief for the Elverum Police District, told newspaper Aftenposten.
He confirmed that the driver, who was not identified, was speeding when the car collided with a moose and then crashed into a tree before bursting into flames. Other motorists arriving at the scene managed to put the fire out.
Two of the teenagers in the car were killed instantly and a third was flown to Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo but she later died of her injuries. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 19.
The moose was also killed in the crash on Highway 25, in an area known for being frequented by the large animals. Speed limits and warning signs are in place to reduce the danger of colliding with moose and trees along the road have also been cleared to make moose more easily visible before they attempt to cross the highway.