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Mystery car wrecks send 13 to hospital

Mystery car wrecks send 13 to hospital

Published: 04 Dec 2010 16:26 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Dec 2010 16:26 GMT+01:00

Thirteen people were taken to hospital following a series of serious but seemingly unrelated car accidents on the E6 motorway in western Sweden on Saturday.

The wrecks took place between Gothenburg and Kungsbacka, with one vehicle reported to have left the scene.

According to Swedish emergency services in Halland County in western Sweden, a total of 13 people were taken to hospital in ambulances. It remains unclear exactly how serious their injuries may be.

Eight people were injured in a three vehicle wreck shortly after two others were injured in an apparently unrelated crash a short distance away.

Yet another accident occurred a short time later in the vicinity of the first crash, between Sandsjöbacka and the Kungsbacka North exit off of the E6.

“We’re trying to scrape together all the ambulances we have,” an emergency services operator in Halland told the TT news agency.

According to police in Halland County, one driver left the scene of one of the crashes.

“It’s still unclear from which accident. But the car apparently drove off at the Kungsbacka North exit. And shortly thereafter drove off the road near Hede by the old Gothenburg Road. We just located the car,” Leif Berglund of the Halland police told TT.

The E6 motorway was closed off in both directions as crews attended to the injured and worked to clear the roadway, causing long traffic jams.

Authorities are also somewhat mystified about the causes of the accidents. According to Sweden’s National Transport Administration (Trafikverket), road conditions near the scene of the accidents were good, with no slick patches having been reported.

“No, it’s not slippery. We’ve had people out and they can stand. Even information from emergency crews indicate that it’s not slippery,” said Bernt Sveitz of the road administration’s western regional office to TT.

“Right now we don’t know what might have caused the accidents. Maybe someone was blinded; the sun was up but at a low angle. But that’s just speculation,” he said.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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17:03 December 4, 2010 by Roy E
Sounds like one for Agents Mulder and Scully. Time to bring back the X-Files.
21:01 December 4, 2010 by rba
The accidents were all nearby?

If so, this reminds me of a case that happened in Portugal many years ago, a car assistance company was purposefully spilling oil on the road in order to get business. Let's hope it's not something like that.
04:58 December 5, 2010 by 2394040
The one thing I've noticed in the 45 years I've been driving is that some drivers can do some of the most stupid things behind the wheel of a car. Therein probably lies the answer. I was badly injured once when another car struck me headon. The driver of the other car was killed. The cause? The other driver was driving over the speed limit in a car with slick tires, and the roadway was wet. It doesn't take much for something like that to happen. Too many people apparently aren't too concerned about the fact that driving is dangerous.
05:20 December 5, 2010 by janitalord
Dangerous drivers... I don't think so. Not with multiple accidents in the same area, so soon after each other. I agree with rba, somethings up. We had a similar things happen in South Africa at one point with the oil spills, possibly its something similar.
16:38 December 5, 2010 by Nuname
I think the car towing companies make enough money not to try pulling a stunt like this.
20:35 December 5, 2010 by bolababu
I drive back and forth on the E6 twice a week and i am shocked at how much confidence people put in technology, ..how fast they go on slippery roads that even a cheetah would crawl on. Putting yourself at risk is your decision but putting others at risk isn't theirs, drive safely.
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