Wednesday, January 19

Strong wind in Nordland: Bus has blown off the road

BAD CONDITIONS: There are very poor driving conditions in Vesterålen on Sunday. Here is a picture from the road authority’s camera on county road 82 at Hadselbrua.

A bus with 22 passengers is in the ditch after being blown off the road in Vesterålen. Danger warnings have been issued for gales and strong gusts in the county.


Several road sections have been closed in Nordland as a result of the storm that is ravaging the region. In Troms, locally strong gusts of 27 – 35 meters per second are expected from the southeast.

– Now it is most likely at its worst, especially in the north of the county where it is quite disgusting. In Lofoten, all public transport has been suspended and the E6 at Saltfjellet and Grattangfjellet has been closed, says operations manager in Nordland, Remi Johansen to VG.

In an update at 10.07 the police write that a bus has ended up in the ditch at Myrland along the E10 in Hadsel:

– Wind gusts that have taken the bus off the road. 22 passengers on board, the police write.

– The bus is on the side so that the doors can not be opened, the police add.

Thus, the passengers do not get out. Two of them have pain in the head and neck, according to police.

– The bulldozer struggles to keep the road open on the stretch. We hope there are not many who are out driving, and come with a clear call:

– People must consider whether it is necessary to go on a trip because there are very demanding driving conditions in many places. We also see that roads are quickly closed where there are already difficult driving conditions.

According to the Meteorological Institute precipitation and strong winds are forecast throughout the county on Sunday. In addition, an orange warning has been sent out about very strong gusts in Helgeland, Saltfjellet, Salten and Ofoten.

– The police in Nordland encourage everyone to take their precautions, both when it comes to loose objects, and whether it is necessary to embark on a longer drive, the police in Nordland write on Twitter.

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