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The Foreigner Norway tunnel fire aftermath: All 80 evacuated. UPDATE 2: All those isolated inside Sogn of Fjordane County’s Gudvangatunnelen following today's semi-trailer fire are now rescued. "It's just luck that nobody died. Everyone has got out," chief fire officer Arvid Gilje told NRK. Several have sustained serious smoke-related injuries, however, with 70 being sent to hospitals in Lærdal, Voss, and Bergen, western Norway. No-one was believed to have life-threatening injuries, however. The Polish driver of the lorry has reported the engine exploded, the broadcaster wrote this evening.

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Norway tunnel fire aftermath: All 80 evacuated

Published on Monday, 5th August, 2013 at 14:39 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 5th August 2013 at 21:40.

UPDATE 2: All those isolated inside Sogn of Fjordane County’s Gudvangatunnelen following today's semi-trailer fire are now rescued.



"It's just luck that nobody died. Everyone has got out," chief fire officer Arvid Gilje told NRK. Several have sustained serious smoke-related injuries, however, with 70 being sent to hospitals in Lærdal, Voss, and Bergen, western Norway. No-one was believed to have life-threatening injuries, however.

The Polish driver of the lorry has reported the engine exploded, the broadcaster wrote this evening.

Emergency services received a call about the blaze just after 12:00, Monday. Fire fighters from Bergen, Home Guard soldiers, and Red Cross personnel arrived at the scene, eventually evacuating all those more than 80 trapped inside by the smoke and bad visibility.

Police also said several minor collisions occurred in connection with the incident some 3.5 kilometres into the tunnel outside Flåm.

“We are in phone contact with several of them [who were involved in these] and advised them to keep themselves below the smoke layer in the tunnel. Several are walking out of the tunnel, most have come out on the Flåm side of it,” officers told the broadcaster.

Eyewitness Monika Blikås was travelling behind the trailer as events unfolded.

“The traffic up the hill went slower and slower. Finally it stopped completely. A man then jumped out of a lorry with some blue lights in his hands and stopped the traffic. He said that a lorry was on fire,” she says, having overtaken the vehicle and exited the tunnel.

She managed to warn motorists after leaving the tunnel of what was happing and stopped them entering.

The 11,428-metre (some 7.1 miles)  Gudvangatunnelen is Norway’s second-longest tunnel and was opened in 1991.

It is located in Aurland municipality on the E16 motorway.



Published on Monday, 5th August, 2013 at 14:39 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 5th August 2013 at 21:40.

This post has the following tags: norwaytunnelfire, bergen.





  
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