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Two dead as car plunges into river

Two people died on Wednesday morning when the car they were travelling in overshot a curve and careered into the Nitelva river in south-eastern Norway.

Two dead as car plunges into river
Photo: Erik Schrøder/Scanpix

Police have not yet identified the victims of the crash, which occurred shortly before 3am on Wednesday.

The accident took place on national road 159 after the car passed through a tunnel near the town of Rælingen.

“We suspect the car was travelling at high speed,” said police investigator Bjørn Jahr.

“It came out of the tunnel and continued towards the river. It looks like it may have hit a section of the bridge and then ended up in the Nitelva river.”

There were no witnesses to the accident, but locals reported hearing a loud bang.

Police officers arriving at the scene found car parts strewn over the road, at the side of the road and in the water.

Police divers found the car and the two bodies some 15 metres from the riverbank at 3.30am.

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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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