3 adults and a child dead after car plunges off bridge in Iceland

Three British holidaymakers including a child have died in in an accident after a Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in Iceland.

The car slammed through a railing on a one-lane bridge before falling around eight metres onto a river bank. There were seven people reportedly in the car when it crashed just after 10am this morning.

3 adults and a child dead after car plunges off bridge in Iceland lailasnews 3
3 adults and a child dead after car plunges off bridge in Iceland

The four other Brits in the car were critically injured in the accident, according to Iceland news site Frettabladid.

Chief of Police Sveinn Kristján Rúnarsson said they have been taken to hospital, but added that ‘we haven’t been able to talk to them about what happened’.

He confirmed a child sadly died in the smash. Tour guide Adolf Erlingsson was among the first on the scene.

‘It was horrible. The car seemed to have hit the ground many meters from where it stopped. We struggled getting everyone out.’ he told The Associated Press.

The bridge is in a remote part of southern Iceland called Skeidararsandur, a vast sand plain in southern Iceland.

Police say it remains unclear what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

No names have yet been confirmed.

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