Many road accidents in the snow

Many road accidents in the snowMany road accidents in the snow.Photo: Tore Meek / NTB scanpix

Police in southern and eastern Norway reported a series of accidents late Friday evening and night. Conditions were very slippery due to snowfall. Motorists who have not switched to winter tires are being encouraged to leave the car.

There were no reports of serious injuries, but in an accident at Vennesla, three people were injured. They were sent to the emergency department for treatment, said police in Agder.

A car went off the road and into a tree. The car owners driving license was confiscated.

Also in eastern Norway, police reported seizing drivers’ licenses after accidents.

‘Tires are supposed to be changed in advance under such circumstances, a driving license may therefore be seized if one sets out on slippery roads with summer tires,’
said Operations Officer Audun Eide of Agder police.

Some places in the affected counties, and Telemark, received up to 80 centimetres of snow during Friday night and Saturday, especially slightly inland, according to meteorologists.

According to Audun Eide of Agder police, it was still raining on the coast of Agder on Friday night, while further inland it was snowing sharply.

The Meteorological Department has issued ‘special attention’ forecasts for eight eastern provinces due to the expected snowfall.

There will be more snow on Saturday, and altogether there may be 20 centimetres in Østfold, and up to 40 centimeters in some places in Oslo, Akershus and Oppland.

People should plan on delays to both air and road traffic at the weekend.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today