As many as 18 tourists were injured, five of them critically, when a bus and a van carrying a total of 39 people collided head-on Sunday in the mountains near Stryn.
State broadcaster NRK reported that the accident occurred on County Road 60 between Stryn and Loen, now home to a gondola that’s become a major tourist attraction. The accident forced closure of the road Sunday afternoon.
There was a major emergency response to the accident, with both a helicopter sent from Florø and air ambulances from both Førde and Ålesund. They rushed two of the injured to the nearest hospital in Førde, while three others were flown to the large Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen.
The cause of the accident remained unclear, but police think the van veered into the oncoming lane. Police said there were 32 Korean tourists in the bus, while the van was carrying five Belgians in additions to its driver. The Belgians were among those with the most serious injuries.