Three of British Indian family die in a freak accident in Iceland

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First Published 28, Dec 2018, 3:49 PM IST
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Three British Indian family die in freak accident Iceland
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Seven members of a British Indian family were on a holiday in the Nordic island country when their SUV crashed off the bridge. Two women and a child died in accident and two children of the family are in critical condition. 
 

Reykjavik: Seven members of a UK-based Indian-origin family were involved in a freak accident in Iceland when their SUV crashed off a bridge on Thursday, killing two women and a child.

Four others, including two British Indian brothers and two young children, remain in critical condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Iceland's capital Reykjavik.

The family was reportedly on holiday in the Nordic island country when their hired Toyota Land Cruiser slammed through a railing while crossing a high single-lane bridge at Skeidararsandur, a vast sand plain in the southern part of the country.

Local police have only identified the victims as British, with their names and ages not yet released until formal identification. 

The Indian Ambassador to Iceland, T Armstrong Changsan, visited the injured at Landsp tali hospital, where he spoke to hospital staff and the chaplain before contacting family members in India. 

He confirmed that three people died, one of them a young child, and said the other family members were in a "stable" condition in hospital on Thursday night. 

"It is a very tragic case. A group of close family friends have arrived from London to be by their side and their brother and parents from Maharashtra are organising their travel from India, he told. 

"The Indian embassy is trying to expedite the travel arrangements and we remain in constant touch with the local authorities, he said.

The holidaymakers from the UK included two couples in their thirties and three children, aged around three, eight and nine. While the youngest girl was killed on the spot, the other girl remains in surgery. According to local reports, the two adults killed in the crash were the wives of the two British Indian brothers.

Chief Superintendent of South Iceland Police Sveinn Kristjan Runarsso confirmed the four survivors have been taken to hospital with serious injuries and that "we haven't been able to talk to them about what happened".

The crash site was described as "horrifying" by tour guide Adolf Erlingsson, who was among the first on the scene with two police officers.

"The car was totally smashed up after flying off the bridge and plunging down there,he told Icelandic radio station Bylgjan.

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