Fire in Norwegian tunnel sends 55 to hospital

More than 50 people have been taken to hospital after a fire broke out in the 11 kilometer Gudvanga Tunnel, Norway's second longest.

Fire in Norwegian tunnel sends 55 to hospital
Gudvanga Tunnel - Arne med/NTB Scanpix
By 1pm the fire service had extinguished the fire, just 45 minutes after the police received the first reports that a truck was on fire.
"Fifty-five people have been taken to hospital for checks. That's every single person that's been evacuated," police spokesman Jørn Lasse Refsnes told the agency. 

The cause of the fire remained unknown, he added.
The tunnel, opened on 17 December 1991, connects the village of Gudvangen by Nærøyfjord with the Undredalen valley. 

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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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