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Three seriously injured after crane snaps

Three oil services industry supervisors suffered serious injuries on Wednesday after falling 35 metres to the ground when the crane they were working on snapped.

Three seriously injured after crane snaps
Photo: Tor Aage Hansen/Scanpix

One of the victims, a woman in her late forties, is in a critical condition after the accident in Verdal, 600 kilometres north of Oslo. The condition of the other two victims, both men aged around 40, is described as serious but stable.

All three were taken by air ambulance to St. Olav’s hospital in Trondheim shortly after the accident, which happened at 2pm on Wednesday.

The three employees of Bis Industrier were taking quality control photographs when the accident occurred.

“The upper part of the crane broke causing the basket to fall,” Stig Magnar Løvås, regional head of the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority, told online newspaper Adressa.

“We’ve found physical damage to several parts [of the crane] but we don’t know what caused it,” he added.

Løvås said it was too early to comment on where responsibility lay for the accident.

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Man dies in fall from popular Norwegian mountain ridge

A man in his late seventies was killed after falling around ten metres on the Besseggen mountain ridge in Oppland county on Thursday, police have confirmed.

Man dies in fall from popular Norwegian mountain ridge
Afile photo of Besseggen. Photo: Lise Åserud/NTB Scanpix

The man is thought to have died instantly from injuries sustained in the fall, NRK reports.

“He fell down the slope injured his head on a rock,” Jo Øien of the Innlandet police district told the broadcaster.

Police were alerted to the accident at 11:30am on Thursday. The man was reportedly walking with family when he fell around ten metres from the Besseggen ridge.

“Nodody saw exactly what happened so we don’t know whether, for example, he tripped. The wind was not much of a factor,” Øien added.

A helicopter was despatched to rescue the man but his life could not be saved.

One of Norway’s most popular mountain routes, Besseggen receives up to 60,000 visitors annually.

Located in the Jotunheimen region, the ridge is 1,743 metres above sea level and splits the Gjende and Bessvatnet lakes. At the narrow, middle part of the bridge, the drop down to the Gjende lake is almost 400 metres.

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