Storms closed mountain passes

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Stormy weather with strong winds and zero visibility forced closure of most mountain passes in Southern Norway on Saturday. There were still several accidents, with both buses and trucks being blown of the road.

Emergency crews were severely challenged by the hazardous conditions. Truck driver Andreas Skrede told state broadcaster what it was like when he was allowed to head over Stynefjellet in a convoy: “You couldn’t see a thing. Winds from the side grabbed hold of the truck and pressed it into the guardrail. Behind me were three express buses that were blown off the road.”

Skrede, who’s been driving trucks for years, said he’d never experienced anything like it. He finally made it into a tunnel, but the buses had to be towed up from the ditch alongwide the road.

State highway officials were urging motorists to drop any plans for driving over the mountains during the weekend, as storms blasted the West Coast and high elevations, leading to great drama at sea for a cruiseship and a cargo ship, both of which had to be evacuated.

newsinenglish.no staff