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Bus collision kills 2 in Norway

August 12, 2013

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A local bus and a Swedish bus carrying Taiwanese tourists collided in central Norway on Monday, killing two people and leaving several injured, police said.

A total of 32 people were involved in the accident just before 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) near Sogndal, 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of the western coastal city of Bergen, said police official Joern Lasse Refsnes.

Several helicopter ambulances took part in the rescue operation in the Sogne fjord, a picturesque, popular venue for tourists.

Eight people were treated in the hospital, including two who were seriously injured.

Refsnes said two women died: a Norwegian on the local bus and a Taiwanese woman in the Swedish bus, which was carrying a driver, a guide and 22 tourists from Taiwan.

Norwegian Nettbuss officials retracted an earlier statement saying that none of the occupants of the local bus were among the dead or seriously injured, but declined to give further details.

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