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Four-year-old boy back in daycare after horror bridge fall

A four-year-old boy who was hit by a car and sent flying into a fjord under the 37-metre high Andøy Bridge in northern Norway is back in his daycare class just a month after suffering serious injuries in the traumatic accident.

Four-year-old boy back in daycare after horror bridge fall
Photo: Blue Elf (File)

“He has emerged without any lasting injuries,” said the mayor of Lenvik, Geir-Inge Sivertsen, who is also a friend of the family.

“Neither you nor I would have survived it. So the fact that it’s going so well is absolutely fantastic,” he told newspaper Nordlys.

The accident happened on July 20th as the boy and his father stopped to look out at the sea from the Andøy Bridge. But the tender moment gave way to horror as the boy slipped out of his father’s grasp, stepped out onto the road and was hit by a car.

The force of the collision propelled the boy into the air, over the guard rail, and out into the fjord below.

Fortunately, the shocked dad had the presence of mind to notify the emergency services before making his way to his boat, which was docked nearby. He quickly made his way out to his son and pulled him out of the water.

The boy retained consciousness throughout and was back on dry land by the time the emergency services arrived.

The four-year-old was then taken by air ambulance to the university hospital in Tromsø to be treated for serious injuries.

If the situation looked bleak then, however, it has brightened considerably in the intervening time.

“The boy is on his feet again. He’s in daycare, and everything is fine with him,” said Sivertsen.

Witnesses told police they did not believe the car had been travelling too fast at the time of the accident. 

Norway's iconic Hurtigruten passenger ships regularly pass under the Andøy Bridge, which is located in the picturesque Vesterålen archipelago in north-western Norway.

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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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