The trailer started to burn 3.5 km inside the tunnel at Flam side, said operationist Odd Arne Solvåg from Sogn og Fjordane police district. A total of 75 people have been evacuated from the tunnel. Police have no information on the extent of damage on those who are sent off.
Traffic operator Roger Lemme at Traffic surveillance said that there were long queues at the site, and that they receive many inquiries from the public.
Accident Investigation Commission is headed by the AIBN for road traffic representatives who are on the way to Gudvangatunnelen to investigate the accident, reported Rolf Mellum, director in The Accident Investigation.
E16 is one of the main highways between Bergen and Oslo, and Gudvangatunnel is roughly 11 km long. The fire occurred close to the Aurland mouth of tunnel.
According to statistics from the Norwegian Public Roads tunnel has so-called average annual daily traffic of 1967 vehicles. That is almost 2,000 cars driving through the tunnel per day.