Two killed in Norway bus crash

Two people were killed and several seriously injured on Monday when two buses, one Norwegian and one Swedish, collided in western Norway.

Two killed in Norway bus crash
Damaged bus outside Sogndal - Christian Blom / NTB Scanpix
The NTB news agency said that a woman from Norway and a woman from Taiwan had died.  
The frontal collision took place late Monday afternoon as the two buses travelled on a road connecting the towns of Sogndal and Lekanger, the head of local police operations, Hans Petter Harlem, said.
Sogndal mayor Jarle Årvoll told news channel TV2 Nyhetskanalen that two people were killed and several were seriously injured.
According to police, a total of around 30 passengers were on board the two buses. The nationalities of the passengers were not immediately known.
Årvoll said some of them were Chinese, while police said some were Taiwanese.
Taiwan's government said Tuesday that one Taiwanese tourist was killed and seven others were injured in the collision.
The deceased was identified as 26-year-old Lin Wen-ling while two women were seriously injured and five others had minor injuries, said the Tourism
They were with a 23-member tour group, including a guide, that was on a 13-day trip to Scandinavia that left Taiwan on Thursday, the bureau said, adding that the injured had been hospitalised.
Photos from the scene published by Norwegian media showed the front of the Swedish bus was completely demolished, the windshield shattered and several windows blown out.
With its fjords, western Norway is highly popular with tourists in the summer.
Last week in the same region, a Polish lorry caught fire in the country's second-longest tunnel, sending 73 people to hospital for smoke inhalation, including Chinese, French and German tourists.


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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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