Norway Tunnel Fire Sends 55 to Hospital

Truck fire in tunnel causes evacuation of 160 people

 

 
 
 

| Monday, August 5, 2013


OSLO, Norway (AP) — A truck caught fire in Norway's second-longest tunnel Monday, leading to the evacuation of 160 people — 55 of whom were hospitalized due to smoke inhalation and other injuries.

The truck caught fire 3.5 kilometers (2.17 miles) into the tunnel, Gudvangatunnelen, in a district east of Bergen, police spokesman Jorn Lasse Refnes said. Gudvangatunnelen is 11.4 kilometers (7.08 miles) long and is in the western part of Norway.

Rescue services spokesman Reinardt Sorensen said the light went out in the tunnel after the fire. Most of the injured suffered from smoke inhalation, but some people were lightly hurt after they crashed their cars in the darkness, he said.

The 160 people evacuated from the tunnel included the truck driver, who walked away uninjured, Sorensen said. He added that it wasn't yet clear what caused the fire, which was extinguished.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.




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