Norway’s long pinse holiday weekend ended Monday afternoon with lots of major traffic back-ups on highways like the E18 and E6 around Oslo, and with several traffic accidents.
News bureau NTB reported that the slowest routes were on the E18 from Kragerø towards Porsgrunn, as holidaymakers headed home from a sunny weekend on Norway’s southern coast. Pinse is traditionally a time for opening up vacation homes, putting boats on the water and getting ready for the summer season.
Norway’s highway department, Statens Vegvesen, reported delays of up to an hour on the E18 and on the E6 south of Oslo towards Sweden. An accident involving four cars on the E6 between Langkaskrysset and Svinesundparken also led to a long back-up. Accidents caused trouble in other areas as well, with State Highway 50 in Aurland closed after a collision between three cars near the Berdals tunnel.
Another head-on collision closed the popular and heavily trafficked mountain road called Trollstigen that’s famed for its many switchbacks in Rauma, Møre og Romsdal. Five people were injured in the collision that caused traffic jams on both sides of the accident. Two of the injured had to be sent to hospital by air ambulance from the remote mountain location.