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Sunday's accident: Taiwanese traveler drove on wrong side of road. Three still in critical condition

By Staff

  • Stranded travelers Hundreds of travelers and drivers were stuck for up to five hours due to the accident which caused the road to be closed to all traffic. Photo/Jóna Fanney Friðriksdóttir

The nationality of the three travellers who were injured in a serious road accident on the Ring Road east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur village in South Iceland on Sunday has been released. The Police in South Iceland reports that the three travelers  were from Taiwan and the United States. All three travelers are considered to be in critical condition.

UPDATE 14 March: Three people injured in Sunday's head-on collision no longer in critical condition 

Victims three people in their 20s and 30s
A Taiwanese traveler was alone in one of the two cars, while two American travelers were in the second car. According to the local news site Vísir the Taiwanese traveler is 35 years old, born in 1983, while the two American travelers are 32 and 27 years old, born in 1986 and 1991. 

Oddur Árnason, a Chief Superintendent for The Police in South Iceland told the National Broadcasting Service that it appears that the Taiwanese traveler was for some reason driving on the wrong side of the road when the accident took place. 

Read more: Serious traffic accident caused Ring Road in S Iceland to be closed for five hours on Sunday

The two cars then hit one another in a head-on collision. The Ring Road was closed for five hours while first responders arrived and the Police completed its investigation of the accident. All three travelers were airlifted by the Coast Guard to the National University Hospital in Reykjavík. They were conscious, but were still considered to be in critical condition.

It is not clear why the Taiwanese traveler was on the wrong side of the road, and whether he had only accidentally swerved to the wrong side. Less than a week ago a Dutch couple died in a tragic car accident in South Iceland. The head-on collision, which took place on Lyngdalsheiði heath on the Golden Circle, appears to have been caused by the young people having been on the wrong side of the road when they met a dump truck coming from the opposite direction.

Read more: Fatal accident on Golden Circle: Victims were a Dutch couple in early 20s

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