Swedish bus catches fire in Norwegian tunnel

Coach was carrying more than 30 foreign tourists
Smoke poured out of a road tunnel and into the mountains yesterday afternoon from a fire that damaged several vehicles including a Swedish coach carrying more than 30 foreign tourists.
The tourists, were had been enjoying a multi-location trip around Scandinavia, had to be rescued from the 11-kilometre-long Gudvanga tunnel northeast of Bergen after the coach caught fire.
A smaller bus, a truck, a caravan and a number of cars were also caught in the fire. Five people were taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire. According to media reports, the driver of the coach was from Sweden and the tour had been arranged by Ellios Bus, a Swedish operator based in Gothenburg.
However, a statement on the company’s website said that another bus company contracted by the firm had organised the trip. Witnesses said the passengers appeared to be from Asia.
The incident occurred almost exactly two years after a fire in the same tunnel resulted in 55 people being sent to hospital. A Norwegian report into that fire, released in March this year, criticised the lack of monitoring equipment in the tunnel, poor smoke ventilation, and the fact that there was no way for the authorities to communicate with drivers.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration said in March that six recommendations made in the report were all resulting in changes to improve safety.
The Local / Drive Europe

x

Check Also

AirAsia, Ryanair, Norwegian, best, low-cost, budget, airline, world, Skytrax

Norwegian beaten as top budget airline

Sifting through the 2018 World Airline Awards for LCCs, Norwegian comes second (32nd overall), Ryanair 11th (64th overall).

SAS, delays, flights, travel, SAS, Norwegian, Icelandair, Europe, airlines, biggest, longest, summer, July, Finnair, KLM

Flight delays skyrocket in Nordics and Europe

SAS is not the only airline struggling to keep to its timetables this summer, with Icelandair and Norwegian faring worse.

Norwegian, Brazil, cleared, low-cost, long-haul

Brazil clears Norwegian to operate flights

Flights to Brazil are "characterised by low competition and high prices. Norwegian Air intends to reverse that.”

Norwegian, South America, Brazil, strategy, flights, aircraft, transatlantic, low-cost, passengers, record, July, load factor, numbers

Norwegian sets passenger record, confirms Brazil

Norwegian confirms that it has applied to the authorities of another country with “great potential”.

Rolls-Royce, Trent 1000, 900, fault, cost, results, loss, profit, airlines, aircraft, Boeing, dreamliner, 787, BMW

Rolls-Royce budgets €1.7bn to fix engines

Major customers of the Trent 1000 include Boeing, which uses the faulty engines on its 787s.

Qatar Airways, Doha, Oslo, increase, flights, week, capacity, Qatar, connect, airports, Middle East

Qatar Airways start flights to Gothenburg Landvetter airport

The ever-growing airline from Qatar starts wide-body Boeing 787-8 operations to Gothenburg in December 2018.