Norwegian police said on Sunday that the Ukrainian tour bus had collided with a car driven by an off-duty police officer before it was driven off the road. The bus then toppled down a six-metres slope, landing on its roof, which was squashed flat.
The Ukrainian foreign ministry said that 41 tourists were on the bus when the accident occurred at around 4pm on Saturday. Fourteen were sent to hospital for their injuries, two in a serious condition.
“There was a collision before the bus was pushed off the road. Detailed investigation over the next few days will reveal more about the events and the cause of the accident,” Elin Drønnen from the local police told Norway’s VG newspaper.
Police were on Sunday in discussions with the Ukrainian embassy over contacting the victim’s family.
Vyacheslav Yatsyuk, the Ukrainian ambassador, told the Ukraine Today website that the injured tourists were now all in a stable condition and would soon be able to return home.
The bus was on the way to Trollstigen, a steep mountain road regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous, thanks to its eleven terrifying hairpin bends and steep eleven degree incline.
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Trollstigen leads to Geirangerfjord, one of Norway’s most visited regions and the inspiration for the landscape of Arendelle in the Disney cartoon Frozen.