Crash victims cremated in Norway

Von Buchtrup nee Long with her daughter Ella and husband/fatherSoren. Picture: Press 22

The funerals of the Co Limerick woman and her daughter who died in a road accident in Poland on May 6 has taken place in Norway.

Yvonne Long, aged 30, from Curraghchase, Kilcornan, and her daughter Ella, aged two, were killed instantly when their car was hit by a van.

Her husband, Soren Buchtrup, who is Danish and their younger child, Noah, aged seven months, were not injured.

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The couple had travelled from their home in Bergen, Norway, to attend a wedding in Slovakia. They were on their way to Krakow in Poland to catch a flight home when the accident happened.

Their car was the end vehicle in a long tail-back when a van driven by an elderly Polish man ploughed into them.

The remains of mother and daughter were cremated yesterday in Bergen and the ashes were scattered on a hill overlooking the family’s home there.

Her parents John and Angela along with sister Vivienne, 35 and brothers Gary, 29 and Ian 22, led mourners at the ceremony with Yvonne’s husband Soren. Yvonne and Soren had just moved into a new home.

Yvonne met Soren when they attended a wedding in Orlando, Florida seven years ago. After secondary school in Villiers in Limerick, Yvonne studied interior design in Dun Laoghaire and Edinburgh.

Soren, a helicopter pilot, worked flights with service oil rigs on the North Sea.

Yvonne’s uncle, Ronnie Long said yesterday the family had sympathy for the elderly driver involved in the accident. Mr Long, speaking on Live 95FM said: “Just before the accident they had passed a cemetery and Yvonne on seeing the flowers and headstones remarked to Soren that she would not like to be buried in a place like that and if anything ever happened her, she wanted to be cremated and have her ashes put on the hill behind their new house. And that’s what is happening today. It’s a little bit weird.”

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