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Published Saturday, December 29, 2018
An SUV carrying seven people from two British families plunged off a bridge Thursday in Iceland, killing three people and critically injuring the others, authorities said.
Icelandic police said one child was among the dead and two, aged 7 and 9, were among the injured.
Police initially said the injured were from one family but updated the information later.
The crash occurred about 9.30 a.m. Thursday when the vehicle slammed through a railing on the one-lane bridge at Skeidararsandur, a vast sand plain in southern Iceland.
The car landed on a rocky river bank. Police say it remains unclear what caused the British driver to lose control of the vehicle but temperatures were around freezing at the time.
The crash occurred before this North Atlantic island's sunrise at past 11 a.m. Tour guide Adolf Erlingsson was among the first on the scene.
"It was horrible," he told The Associated Press. "The car seemed to have hit the ground many meters from where it stopped. We struggled getting everyone out."
Police only identified the victims as British; their names and ages have not been released.
The four who survived were flown by helicopter to a hospital in Reykjavik.
Chief Superintendent of south Iceland Police Sveinn Kristjan Runarsson said the four people hospitalized have serious injuries.
"We haven't been able to talk to them about what happened," he said.
Iceland Vehicle Accident Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green