Several tourists from southeastern Europe remained in hospital in Ålesund on Monday after their bus collided with a car and then ran off the road at Valldal in the county of Møre og Romsdal over the weekend. One of the survivors, Anna Dorogaya, said she mostly remembers lots of shattered glass and people screaming.
Dorogaya told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Monday afternoon that emergency crews arrived quickly. “After we crawled out of the bus, we sat on the grass alongside the road,” she told NRK. “And right after that doctors and nurses and a helicopter arrived.”
One passenger on the bus was killed and 14 injured, several of whom were from Ukraine. They were rushed to hospital in Ålesund, where the ambassador from Ukraine to Norway also arrived to help, not least with language challenges. Most of the passengers on the bus reportedly spoke only Russian and Ukrainian.
The cause of the crash was under investigation. Police said neither the bus driver nor the driver of the car involved in the crash were under the influence of alcohol.