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One seriously injured after Sweden train crash

One seriously injured after Sweden train crash

Published: 12 Sep 2010 21:21 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Sep 2010 07:57 GMT+02:00

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens haverikommission - SHK) is now investigating a train accident on Sunday night in which 18 people were injured, one seriously, in eastern Sweden.

A high-speed X2000 train and a crane truck near Kimstad station between Linköping and Norrköping in eastern Sweden collided on Sunday evening.

"There were 244 people onboard the train, several of them are seriously injured and are stuck fast," said a duty officer at Östgötaland police to news agency TT.

Östgötaland police spokesperson Mikael Skoog arrived at the scene shortly after 9pm.

"I can see a train which is damaged all along the side. It is very damaged along carriage two and three. It is clear that something has hit the side of the carriages," he said.

He was not yet able to divulge details over the injured.

Police and emergency services received the alarm about the train crash shortly before 8pm. The train was on its way from Norrköping south towards Linköping,

The tracks between Linköping and Norrköping will be closed at least until midnight," according to the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket).

The train started its journey in Stockholm at 5:40pm and was due to arrive in Malmö just after 10pm.

"Maintenance work is being undertaken by the railway tracks where the accident has taken place," said Mikael Skoog.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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22:06 September 12, 2010 by asee
May God help the victims
23:46 September 12, 2010 by blursd
That is really scary ... I used to ride that line almost every day. I can't imagine something like that happening on my commute.

I hope everyone that was injured recovers ...
00:36 September 13, 2010 by Triniswede
Many thoughts and hopes to the travelers and my colleagues on that 505 route.
08:52 September 13, 2010 by karex
It says that the train and a crane truck "crashed into each other" but if it was the side of the train that was damaged, wouldn't that technically point to the fact that it was the crane truck which crashed into the train? It's not like the train can take any route it wants. Sounds like an incident on a level crossing. Not as many of those left in Sweden, as compared to the US for instance. I guess the reason is obvious: they're too dangerous. I hope the injured all recover quickly.
10:40 September 13, 2010 by helveeta
OMG, I was on the earlier train this route yesterday! Thank god I took this earlier train!!!!!
11:12 September 13, 2010 by Englishman_In_Norpan
As reported here in Norrköping; It seems a JCB type digger was working near the tracks and strayed a little to close. The train, alledged to have been travelling 30km over the instructed speed limit for when passing works , took a glancing blow from the digger.
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