The driver of a large truck for Posten’s Bring delivery service was critically injured when his truck collided head-on with a city bus carrying 44 people i Oslo Thurday morning. Police reported that 14 passengers on the bus were also injured, two of them seriously.
The collision occurred in an industrial area at Alfaset on Oslo’s northeast side, leaving the truck’s driver pinned inside the vehicle’s cab when emergency crews arrived on the scene. He was extracted and rushed to Oslo University Hospital where his condition was described as “critical.”
The state accidents investigation board (Havarikommisjonen) was sent to the scene. Christian Bortne of the Oslo Police told state broadcaster NRK that “we can already confirm that the road was extremely slippery.” Those injured on the bus were taken to Oslo’s emergency clinic Legevakten.
Most of southern Norway has been hit by rain that instantly freezes on contact with the ground, prompting warnings of hazadous conditions for both driving and walking. NRK reported that at Hitra in Trøndelag, roads covered with ice were so dangerous that school bus routes were cancelled throughout the day on Thursday. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s irresponsible to drive when it’s so slippery,” said a spokesperson for the bus line.