Shocked witnesses were being offered trauma aid after seeing a woman on a bicycle collide with a truck in a busy Oslo intersection late Wednesday afternoon. Police reported that the woman in her late 50s landed under the truck, and was confirmed dead at the scene.
“This is a tragic incident, and there were many who witnessed it,” Lina Odden, operations leader for the Oslo Police, told state broadcaster NRK. It occurred at the large and busy intersection of Ullevålsveien and Waldemar Thranes gate in Oslo’s St Hanshaugen neighbourhood, and also created major traffic disruption at the height of the commuter rush. Main bus lines run through the intersection in all directions.
It took several hours before police could reopen the intersection to traffic, after trying to piece together what happened. Several emergency vehicles also needed access to the accident scene. Witnesses were not only questioned but also referred to a special trauma team set up at Oslo’s emergency hospitals.
“This was an ugly accident that many people saw happen,” said Hans Kristian Jørgensen of the medical response team. “We have sent many of them to the emergency unit to talk things out, and if others feel a need for help after witnessing this accident, we recommend that they contact Oslo legevakt (the emergency hospital). They’re ready to receive people.”