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Driver in shock as drilling crushes subway train

Driver in shock as drilling crushes subway train

Published: 11 Dec 2009 08:13 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Dec 2009 08:13 GMT+01:00

The red line in Stockholm’s subway was stopped for one hour on Thursday after a work team’s drilling punctured the subway tunnel and damaged a train.

The work team was drilling at Wollmar Yxkullsgatan, on Södermalm, to prepare for the installation of geothermal heating for a nearby hotel, but their drilling punctured the subway line and crushed the side panel of the driver’s carriage of a train that was waiting on the tracks.

“They drilled right down onto a subway train,” Lars-Erik Baarsen, station officer at Södermalms Police, told news agency TT.

After the workers had drilled to a depth of 20 to 25 metres, the team noticed that the resistance to the drill disappeared. “They then withdrew the drill and discovered that two-and-a-half metres of the drill was missing,” Baarsen said.

Meanwhile, down in the tunnel, the driver of the subway train was shocked when the side panel of his carriage was suddenly crushed by something from above.

Greater Stockholm Local Traffic Authority (SL) stated that it was either the drilling itself that crushed the panel or something the drilling pulled loose on its way down. The result was that the subway’s red line stood still for approximately one hour, from around 3.45pm.

No one was injured in the incident, including the driver. “We had amazing luck. It could have been really serious,” Per Ekberg, SL’s press officer, told TT.

The police have commenced a preliminary investigation into whether there may be grounds to lay charges over gross negligence causing a public danger.

TT/Stuart Roberts (news@thelocal.se)

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09:19 December 11, 2009 by byke
I am surprised something like this can happen .... dont they you town ordinance and planning for these type of things?

lets hope that airspace also has things like planes.
12:05 December 11, 2009 by wyntha
It's probably a simple yet serious matter or an inaccurate map being used by the drilling company. That's the first place to look for clues as to who should be held responsible for what happened.
12:54 December 11, 2009 by Nemesis
It is a serious incident but rare. It is fortunate no one was injured.

Industrial accidents on building sites are rare in Sweden compared to other countries.

Most likely it was a mapping error. The good thing is that in Sweden the maps will now be updated to correct the error.
17:07 December 11, 2009 by friedlinx
Is the guy with red hair and pig tails part of this story? What the hell is going on in Stockholm? Are you all drunk? Please keep sending your blond and buxom porn stars to the USA, Tiger is running out of women.
18:49 December 11, 2009 by lingonberrie
This is an example of engineering negligence that should never have occurred.

Making outdated maps the scapegoat when losses of life could occur from the negligence of the drilling company to properly follow through with all safety procedures before beginning to drill will cure nothing.
03:21 December 12, 2009 by Davey-jo
You know these things just shouldn't happen and yet ... Today in Leicester, a bus driver took a double decker bus under a bridge that was far too low and sliced the top off the bus. About a dozen school kids were injured. It's just plain inexplicable how people can be so stoopid!
04:56 December 15, 2009 by parasietje
Lingonberrie said:

> Making outdated maps the scapegoat when losses of life could occur from the negligence of the drilling company to properly follow through with all safety procedures before beginning to drill will cure nothing.

Do you even realize how hard it is to check if there is a subway tunnel 25 meters under where you are drilling, without actually drilling? People these days are outraged when planes crash, while they should be saying: "I am FLYING!" Same here; without accurate maps these things just happen, and either the drilling company made an aiming error (very gross negligence!), or the public subway maps are wrong, and should be corrected and rechecked as quickly as possible.
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