Image copyright Adolf Ingi Erlingsson Image caption The accident took place on a bridge over the area of Nupsvotn on Iceland’s ring road

The family of two British sisters-in-law and a newborn girl who were killed in a car clang while on holiday in Iceland have called it a “horrifying shock”.

In a statement, they said they were “deeply saddened” by what had happened.

The sightseers were in a Toyota Land Cruiser when it gate-crashed through the railing of a bridge on Thursday.

The females are believed to be Rajshree and Khushboo Laturia. The newborn is understood to be Rajshree’s daughter Shreeprabha, abide this year.

Police – who have not officially released the names of those involved – said the women were with their partners, Shreeraj and Supreme Laturia.

The two kinfolks were advancing around Iceland together when their car left the bridge and fell eight metres onto a creek bank.

The two men and two other children aged seven and nine were also seriously hurt in the disintegrate and all four were airlifted to hospital.

The baby who died was less than a year old and move in a vehicle bench.

‘Space to grieve’

In a statement released on Friday night, their own families said: “The fatal car crash near Skaftafell in Iceland on the morning of December 27, 2018 has come as a horrifying disturbance for the entire family and friends.

“The Indian, British and Icelandic authorities have been extremely co-operative and extended appropriate support.

“Our family is deeply saddened so we request you to kindly respect our privacy and present us the cavity to grieve in peacefulnes at this difficult time.”

The Indian Ambassador to Iceland said relatives from India would be travelling to Iceland.

The accident happened at around 9:30 GMT on Thursday on Iceland’s national ring road – also known as Route 1 – in an area announced Nupsvotn, between the city of Kirkjubaejarklaustur and Skaftafell.

The area is a popular destination for sightseers, and the families were leader east on the road towards the Vatnajokull National Park – which is home to the largest glacier in Europe as well as waterfalls and mountains.

Police said measures demonstrate how the driver of the car had not been drinking alcohol.

“The cause of the accident is unknown and under investigation by the police and the investigate committee for move accidents, ” detectives added.

“The car was driven towards the east, along the Sudurlandsvegur road, and seems to have turned on the bridge with the result that it went on top of the railing of the bridge, to the right, following it for a short distance and then turned over off the rail and the bridge.

“There, the car fell down on the floor beneath the bridge.”

Chief Superintendent Sveinn Kristjan Runarsson said the road was not thought to have been icy, but humidity could have constructed the bridge’s surface – which is made of steel – slippery.

Image copyright PA Image caption A police cruiser impedes off part of Route 1 on Thursday

One of the first parties on the situation was tour guide Adolf Erlingsson, who told BBC News he imagined the driver had lost control.

Describing the bank that the car fell down onto, Mr Erlingsson said: “It’s kind of sandy, there’s no rivers so it wasn’t submerged in irrigate. It simply territory there on a sandy fanny and threw over and was totally destroyed, ” he said.

He added that he got out of his van and went to see if he could help emergency services.

“The car was a total wreck. When I got there four parties were out of the car, one of them deceased. Then “therere” three people trapped in the car.

“The driver was alive and caught more or less under the dashboard. We would seek to get the people out of the car and helping them, it was a very difficult situation.”

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