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Accidents aplenty as snow hits Sweden

Accidents aplenty as snow hits Sweden

Published: 09 Dec 2011 08:41 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Dec 2011 08:41 GMT+01:00

“Drivers should slow down, increase distances between the vehicles, and be aware that journeys may take longer than usual,” the agency wrote on its website.

A serious traffic accident occurred near Kungälv, in western Sweden, where a car and a bus were involved in a head-on collision.

The driver of the car later died from his injuries, whereas the three passengers and the driver of the bus were left shocked but unscathed by the event, according to police spokesperson Björ Blixer.

Police don’t know as of yet, whether it was the weather or human error was cause of the accident.

In many places in southern Sweden the weather has wreaked havoc on roadways with trucks going of the road, getting stuck, or tipping over.

Near Hallstahammar, in central Sweden, a truck careened straight into the ditch on the E18 highway around 2am, causing a three-hour delay for traffic both ways.

Police in Örebro County report several trucks getting stuck over night and sliding down steeper stretches of road.

The northeastern coast of Sweden is one of the areas hit worst by the weather so far.

Forecasters have warned that up to 25 centimetres of snow may fall, and the harsh wind makes conditions more serious.

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI, has issued a class 2 warning for the area.

The gusty winds have downed power lines in several parts of the country.

In addition, around 12,000 customers of power companies Eon, Vattenfall, and Fortum, were left without power on Friday morning.

Most of the outages occurred in in Kalmar, Stockholm, and Värmland counties

According to Fortum, there are "large disruptions in electricity delivery".

The company is working hard to fix downed lines, according to its website, but as long as the strong winds continue, there the risk of additional outages remains.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:50 December 9, 2011 by gabeltoon
Here on the east of SCOTLAND the high winds got stronger as the day went on. By the time of 17:00 the power went out lasting until 02:00 this morning.It has been reported that the wind was 165 miles on top of the mountains and up to 100 mls here on lower ground.There are many trees down and flooding. We are getting cleaned up but there is more to come.
14:23 December 9, 2011 by Steggles
My first swedish winter here and today was my first experience on icy roads!

Did well but I don't like being tailgated.........especially now that the roads are icey.

Drivers please slow down........what's the big rush?
16:55 December 9, 2011 by Archie1954
Swedes should know to use Finnish Nokian winter tires. Yes they are expensive but they will save their lives.
16:51 December 10, 2011 by rise
Yesterday/tonight I was driving from Umeå to Kiruna, a distance of 600km. On the way I saw one car in the ditch, another one parked by a dead reindeer and yet another car abandoned on the road in a very dangerous way.

Never before have I encountered three accidents in one and the same trip between the said cities. Dangerous indeed to be on the roads in the weather conditions as of the last couple of days. Normally the trip Kiruna-Umeå takes between 6-7 hours of driving, but in these conditions it took me 10-11 hours..!
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