A collision between a car and a truck on the two-lane RV7 highway in Hallingdal Monday night killed all three young men riding in the car. They were all brothers in the same family living in the small communities of Krødsherad and Flå.
“We’re small municipalities and many knew those who were killed,”the local mayor, Knut Martin Glesne, told state broadcaster NRK. “We see now that it’s important for people to get together, to meet and speak with one another.” Krodsherad and Flå, where the accident occurred between Nesbyen and Hønefoss, have a total population of just 3,300 people.
Police were still piecing together what caused the collision on a broad curve in an area of the highway where passing is allowed in an 80 kilometer-per-hour (50mph) speed zone. The weather was good and roads were dry. Police have questioned the driver of the truck, who survived. Witnesses said the brothers’ car burst into flames while the truck careened off the road and down a hill.
“We’re beginning to get a picture of what happened,” local police chief Brit Fyksen told NRK. Local officials were “trying to take care of all involved as best we can,” Fyksen said.