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Two dead in Norwegian bus crash

Two men died and seven people were injured on Monday morning when a bus veered off the road in Balsfjord in northern Norway.

Two dead in Norwegian bus crash
Photo: Politiet

The chartered bus was travelling from Murmansk in Russia to Finnsnes in Norway when it came off the road. All of the approximately 30 passengers on board were Norwegians.

The accident took place on the E6 motorway shortly before 6am on Monday.

Six of the people injured in the accident were taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsø. The seventh was transported by helicopter.

"It’s too early to say anything about their condition," police spokesman Einar Sparboe Lysne told news agency NTB.

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ACCIDENT

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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