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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Heavy snow set off lots of traffic accidents

There were so many traffic accidents around Southern Norway on Friday that the police didn’t have capacity to attend to them all. They were issuing warnings against driving, just as thousands were heading out of town for the weekend.

Problems resulted from already icy roads that then were covered with lots of snow. That left them so slick that motorists could quickly lose control, especially if they needed to make sudden stops.

Accidents slowed traffic and forced closure of many roads. There were lengthy delays on the E18 motorway through Vestfold after a car and a snowplow collided near Kopstad. Police responded to that accident but there were no injuries. The old highway Svinesundveien through Halden was blocked following a head-on collision that left four people injured, but it opened later Friday afternoon, as did the E16 highway at Hvervenkastet after being closed in both directions because of another head-on collision.

Many  others involved in collisions “will have to take care of themselves” if no injuries are involved, reported the Øst Police District. One officer said that “the best advice I can offer is to not drive until tomorrow” (Saturday), when road crews will have had more time to plow and salt main roads. staff



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