Horrific aftermath of 4×4 bridge plunge that left three Brits dead in Iceland

Harrowing photos have emerged showing the aftermath of a horror crash that killed three British tourists – including a child – in Iceland.

One image shows rescuers giving emergency first aid to victims as they lay on the ground next to a crumpled Toyota Land Cruiser which had crashed through a railing and plunged off a 26ft bridge.

Other victims were apparently still trapped inside.

It is a chaotic and distressing scene, with debris from the vehicle and equipment belonging to the emergency services – including a backboard and medical gear – scattered on the floor.

The Land Cruiser came to a rest on its side just feet from one of the bridge’s pillars after the crash at about 9.30am local time on Thursday.

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Three people were killed and another four were said to be seriously injured.

Police said one child was among the dead and two among the injured after the vehicle went through a railing on the one-lane bridge and fell about 26ft onto the bank of the Núpsvötn river in southern Iceland.

The victims were travelling in the seven-person rental vehicle, according to reports.

The injuries of the four survivors have been described as "considerable".

The crash happened near Vatnajökull, known as the Water Glacier, which is the largest and most voluminous ice cap in Iceland.

Adolf Ingi Erlingsson, a local guide who took the photos of the aftermath and was one of the first to arrive along with two police officers, described the scene as "very ugly".

He came across the scene as he transported tourists through the area.

He told the Iceland Monitor: "The car was totally smashed up after flying off the bridge and plunging down there."

People were still trapped in the vehicle, he added.

One witness told Icelandic media the scene was "horrible" and described the car as "flying off the bridge".

He added: "Four passengers had come out of the car and three were stuck in it."

Two helicopters were called to the scene from the local coast guard station, while another was scrambled from the capital of Reykjavik.   

The car is understood to have landed on sand after falling from the bridge.

A police spokesman told Visir.ie the civil defence control was called out and the road is closed while an investigation is carried out.

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