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


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