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Tragic Lavangsdalen accident ‘wake-up call’ to Norwegian road authorities. Friday’s fatal road accident, which killed 5 people and injured 59 on the E8 in Lavangsdalen between Tromsø and Kilpisjarvi on the Finnish border, has politicians and authorities scrambling for solutions. “So many dead and injured means this was a major accident in Norwegian terms. It will take a year to get the final report, but we expect to be able to give a clearer picture of events and causes of the accident in a couple of weeks”, Grete Myhre, Director of the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN/Statens Haverikommisjon for Transport), tells NRK. It is believed the pile-up, involving a coach containing teenage handball players, a minibus with medical personnel, and three cars, happened after the bus skidded sideways on the icy road.

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Tragic Lavangsdalen accident ‘wake-up call’ to Norwegian road authorities

Published on Sunday, 9th January, 2011 at 13:03 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:48.

Friday’s fatal road accident, which killed 5 people and injured 59 on the E8 in Lavangsdalen between Tromsø and Kilpisjarvi on the Finnish border, has politicians and authorities scrambling for solutions.

Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa, Transport and Communications Minister
Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa: 'My thoughts go to those who are suffering.'Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa, Transport and Communications Minister
Photo: Centre Party(Sp)/Flickr


“So many dead and injured means this was a major accident in Norwegian terms. It will take a year to get the final report, but we expect to be able to give a clearer picture of events and causes of the accident in a couple of weeks”, Grete Myhre, Director of the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN/Statens Haverikommisjon for Transport), tells NRK.

It is believed the pile-up, involving a coach containing teenage handball players, a minibus with medical personnel, and three cars, happened after the bus skidded sideways on the icy road.

The actual stretch of road where it happened is notorious for being dangerous. 19 people have now been killed in the last eight years, according to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA/Statens vegvesen).

There have been many questions as to why nothing has been done earlier, however. Regional NPRA Director Torbjørn Naimak says they started looking conducting a road safety audit after the previous fatal accident last autumn, and the authority is now looking for quick solutions to reduce the risk.

“A middle divider is the safest measure, but we must also consider the possibility of other, more short-term measures that can be implemented. There is always a wish that things can happen sooner, but our conclusions will be ready shortly.”

Transport and Communications Minister Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa promises steps will be taken.

“First and foremost, I would say that my thoughts today go to those who are suffering because of this meaningless accident. There will be short and long-term improvements,” she says.

Meanwhile, a united Opposition, consisting of the Christian Democrats (KrF), Liberals (V) and Conservatives (H), have recommended Parliament pass a separate regulatory regime for road traffic, as currently  exists for aviation and the railways.

“The entire Opposition wants an independent audit on the basis of recommendations made by a government-appointed committee which called for this in early 2007”, says KrF’s Knut Arild Hareide.



Published on Sunday, 9th January, 2011 at 13:03 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:48.

This post has the following tags: lavangsdalen, tromsoe, troms, kilpisjarvi, magnhildmeltveitkleppa, knutarildhareide, roadaccident, accidentinvestigationboard, statenshavarikommisjon, statensvegvesen, publicroadsauthority.





  
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