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Icy roads: Foreign travellers involved in four different rollovers yesterday

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  • Icy roads The Icelandic Road and Coastal Authority warns that motorists can expect icy and slippery patches in all parts of Iceland. Photo/Vilhelm

Foreign travellers were involved in four separate car accidents yesterday resulting in their cars rolling over. Three of the accidents took place in South Iceland. The fourth in the Westfjords. None of the motorists involved in any of these accidents suffered serious injuries.

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The local newspaper Morgunblaðið reports that three of the rollovers took place in South Iceland. The first took place at 11:15 by Fjallsárlón glacial lagoon. The second accident took place at 12:30 when a Italian traveller lost control of his car south of Þingvallavatn lake, resulting in the car rolling over. The third accident took place only five minutes later by Skaftafell National Park, by Vatnajökull glacier.

Between 21:00 and 22:00 a fourth accident took place by Ísafjarðardjúp bay in the Westfjords, Morgunblaðið reports. A woman, travelling alone, who was driving the car escaped uninjured after losing control of her car which rolled over once before stopping. The woman is not considered to be in critical condition, although she suffered serious injuries to her spine and internal injuries to her chest and abdomen. She was not wearing a seatbelt when the car rolled over, and was ejected from the vehicle.

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The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration had issued a warning to motorists to drive carefully and look out for ice, as the entire ring-road had slippery stretches and patches of ice. Not all travellers seem to have taken heed, as the police in South Iceland stopped three groups of foreign travellers driving far faster than the permitted speed limit. All three groups were driving between 116 and 125 km/h (72-78 mph), and were stopped east of Vík.

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