Village in sorrow after women killed

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The mountain community of Kjølsdalen in Sogn og Fjordane was in sorrow on Friday, after two women out walking on a paved pedestrian path on Thursday were hit by car that suddenly swerved off the adjacent state highway RV15.  The local mayor called the accident “a shock for everyone.”

“Many are completely stunned,” Mayor Alfred Bjørlo told state broadcaster NRK. “This is a very small place, where everyone knows everyone else. Friends, family and acquaintances are shattered.”

The two women in their 50s and 60s were out walking on the path that runs along the highway, when a car traveling towards Nordfjordeid drove off the road and hit them. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no witnesses to the collision and police refused to comment on what might have caused it. The driver of the car, a man in his 50s from Gloppen, sustained only minor injuries. Police took routine blood tests, seized his driver’s license and charged him, but wouldn’t reveal more details until he had undergone questioning.

“He is of course plagued by what happened,” local sheriff Tormod Hvattum told NRK, ” but beyond that, I can’t reveal what he’s said so far.” Officials were working to provide him with a defense attorney.

newsinenglish.no staff