A Swedish bus with foreign tourists aboard and a Norwegian bus collided on Monday in Western Norway, local authorities said to Swedish The Local
The collision tool place late Monday afternoon as the two buses travelled on a road connecting the towns of Sogndal and Lekander, the head of the local police’s operations, Hans Petter Harlem, said. The mayor of Sogndal Jarle Aarvoll told Norwegian television, that a woman from Norway and a woman from Taiwan were killed and several were seriously injured. According to police, a total of some 30 passengers were on board the two buses.
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 Bureau. 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.