Two Brit women and a young daughter were killed when their car plunged off a bridge during a dream winter holiday in Iceland, their brother-in-law has said.
Sarvesh Laturia said his two brothers and their families were involved in the tragedy that saw the Toyota Land Cruiser smash through railings at Núpsvötn bridge on Thursday.
The horror incident is said to have occurred at around 9.30am – two hours before sunrise – when the SUV fell more than 26ft onto Skeidararsandur, an iconic sand plain in the country’s south.
A tour guide who was one of the first on the scene, described seeing a trapped man who thought he was dying with two little children either side of him.
It was previously reported that two wives and a child no older than three had died in the crash while the brothers and two other children, believe to be aged between seven and nine, were in a critical condition in hospital.
All seven of those involved in the smash are reported to be British nationals of Indian origin.
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Mr Laturia, who is in India, told the Times of India : "It was my two brothers and their wives – they are British people.
"They were on vacation and their car met with an accident in which my two sister-in-laws passed away, and my niece passed away.
"My two brothers are in a critical condition in hospital."
The ambassador of India to Iceland T.Armstrong Changsan, who is said to have visited some of the survivors, told the same newspaper that the brother is seeking an urgent visa to visit the country.
He added; "Friends of the victims have rushed from the UK to Reykavik. The condition of the survivors is now stable. The British Embassy id taking car of matters."
Bjorn Malmquist, a local journalist, told Sky News yesterday: "We have confirmed from the Embassy of India in Iceland that there were two families in the car – two brothers, and their wives and their children.
"A local media outlet here is saying the two wives of the brothers and a young child died. The two brothers are in hospital, along with the other children aged five and nine I believe."
Other unconfirmed reports suggest the families are both from London.
Tour guide Adolf Erlingsson, who was one of the first on the crash site, said he saw four people outside the car, one of whom was dead.
He said that there were another three trapped inside, only one of whom was alive.
He told local newspaper Frettabladid: ‘I was driving when just before I got to the bridge I saw a flashing light and then a police car arrived.
‘I went to check to see if I could help, and with the two policemen went into the car to try and pull people out. It was naturally horrific – there was a man with two little children lying on either side of him, who were still conscious.
‘The man thought he was dying and could not move. One of the officers was trying to calm him down, give him a drink, and get him to stay awake.’
The 1,377ft bridge was built in 1973 and is the second longest bridge in Iceland.
The crash happened just south of Skaftafell National Park, part of the Vatnajokull National Park, which was nominated for inclusion in Unesco’s World Heritage List in 2018.
The Vatnajokull glacier is the largest in Europe, covering 8% of Iceland’s landmass including the island’s tallest peak Hvannadalshnjukur at 2,200 metres tall (7,218ft).
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