Ukraine tourist bus accident: Bus with Ukrainians falls into ravine in Norway, leaving one dead

09:58 Jul. 31, 2016

Bus with Ukrainians falls into ravine in Norway, leaving one dead

The wreckage of a bus is seen in Valldal, near Geiranger, on the south west coast of Norway, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Photo courtesy - Svein Ove Ekornesvag/NTB Scanpix via AP

At least 10 people were seriously injured 

UPDATE: Most Ukrainians who were injured in the bus accident in Norway will be able to leave the hospital and come back home soon, says Vyacheslav Yatsyuk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Norway.

UPDATE: According to Ukraine's Embassy to Norway, 20 Ukrainians were sent to hospital with inqures. 

STORY: The bus with tourists from Ukraine got into an accident in Norway on Saturday, 30 July, 100 km from the Norwegian city Aalesund and 550 kilometres northwest of Oslo, Norway's capital.

One person was killed, up to 10 passengers were seriously injured and taken to hospital. According to the Norwegian publication NRK.no, 14 people were sent to hospital.

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The bus was travelling to Trollstigen, along a steep and winding mountain road leading to the Geirangerfjord, one of Norway's most visited tourist sites, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The bus skidded off the road and fell 6 meters into a ravine. According to Norwegian police, the bus was carrying 41 people, and all of them, including the driver and team leader were Ukrainian citizens.

According to Norwegian media, a Ukrainian coach was killed. His name was not specified. The cause of the accident is still unidentified.

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Vyacheslav Yatsyuk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Norway, reported that Ukrainians who were injured are now in stable condition. The Consular Service Department also opened a hotline of the Ukrainian Embassy in Norway.

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