• Sweden edition
 
100-car pile-up kills one, leaves dozens injured

100-car pile-up kills one, leaves dozens injured

Published: 15 Jan 2013 12:33 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Jan 2013 23:49 GMT+01:00

"It's the worst accident I've seen during my 30 years in this line of work," emergency worker Jonas Hellsten told the local Helsingbord Dagbladet newspaper.

The accident left one person dead, according to police, while 46 people were hospitalized, four of whom had serious injuries and 10 of whom had broken bones. Three firefighters were also among the injured.

Those injured were rushed to hospitals in Helsingborg, Ängelholm and Kristianstad

The crash took place shortly before midday on the Tranarpsbron bridge just northeast of Helsingborg.

RELATED PHOTO GALLERY: Pictures from the scene of the crash

Slippery road conditions and poor visibility due to fog are to blame, police told the TT news agency.

"The scene is pretty chaotic," head fire fighter Christer Haraldsson told the TT news agency.

"Several people are stuck in their cars. We have a large number of ambulances on their way and we are sending a bus to evacuate the area."

Emergency crews estimate the wreck involved approximately 100 vehicles, but exact figures remain hard to come by.

A press photographer on the scene said the scene of the accident "stretches as far as the eye can see" and involves cars on both sides of the motorway.

"I can see how an emergency services fuel truck has crashed into a truck, which is now lying across the lanes," Scanpix photographer Björn Lindgren told TT.

"On the other side, I can see two trucks that have rammed into one another, tearing the load from one."

Haraldsson confirmed that an emergency service fuel truck was involved in the crash.

The E4 has been closed in both directions while rescue crews continue their work, and it remains unclear when the road will reopen.

Throughout much of the day, officials were reporting three people had died in the crash, but late on Tuesday night police issued a correction on their website, confirming that one person, had died.

SEE ALSO: Cleaning lady steals train and crashes into house

Elsewhere, around ten vehicles were involved in a crash on the E20 motorway northwest of Eskilstuna in central Sweden.

The wreck stopped southbound traffic on the E20, and one person sustained minor injuries.

Snow continued to fall across much of the country on Tuesday, causing a number of accidents on Swedish roadways, with 33 being reported in Stockholm county alone.

TT/The Local/at

Follow The Local on Twitter

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

13:20 January 15, 2013 by cupidcub
Damn! It it very important to brief the drivers on winter conditions and precaution measures.
13:39 January 15, 2013 by Rishonim
Tragic. I can only imagine that a large majority of the drivers were distracted answering reading or sending out text on their mobiles.
17:55 January 15, 2013 by Migga
Probably a foreign truckdriver who came from the harbour in Helsingborg and drove to fast in a climate he isn`t used to.
20:17 January 15, 2013 by Hisingen
Caused by - fog and ice - driving beyond their visibility range and stopping distance, on normal tyres.

Accidents are caused. Deaths are the result. Sad but true.
20:58 January 15, 2013 by skogsbo
apparently; from my sambo who went down there today for a meeting, apart from the fog, it was sheet ice, even after the crash when people got out of their cars, they couldn't stand up. So from that I would presume that the high level of moisture was freezing on the road surface. Studded tyres will help, but without them, you are pretty much stuffed. Luckily she went very early ahead of all this, but she said it wasn't great driving and even then their was a truck on it's side off the road.(no I don't know if it was a foreign driver) ;)
21:39 January 15, 2013 by Rishonim
@Migga, Highly unnecessary comment.
22:00 January 15, 2013 by J Jack
4 words .. texting at the wheel
22:12 January 15, 2013 by johan rebel
"due to dense fog and slippery road conditions" abd "Slippery road conditions and poor visibility due to fog are to blame".

Oh, come on! The blame lies squarely with one or more motorized morons who did not have the sense to adjust their driving to the prevailing road and weather conditions.
06:20 January 16, 2013 by skogsbo
nope what I gathered, from someone who drove that road, the stopping distance was infinite at some points.

However, that doesn't mean it wasn't initiated by an idiot!!
Today's headlines
Sport
Malmö gear up for Champions League
Sweden's biggest club Malmö face Juventus on Tuesday. Photo:TT

Malmö gear up for Champions League

Malmö are the first Swedish club in the Champion's League for more than a decade but they face a tough debut fixture against Italian champions Juventus in their Group A opener. READ  

Sweden earthquake 'was strongest in 100 years'
The town of Mora, near where the earthquake hit. Photo: Shutterstock

Sweden earthquake 'was strongest in 100 years'

An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale shook parts of central Sweden on Monday and experts have revealed it was the strongest in a century. READ  

Elections 2014
Löfven rules out making government with the Left
Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt. Photo: TT

Löfven rules out making government with the Left

Election winner Stefan Löfven announced on Monday that he would not form a government with the Left Party, a move that party's leader called a "huge mistake". READ  

Elections 2014
Six big headaches for Stefan Löfven
Stefan Löfven: a man with a lot on his plate. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

Six big headaches for Stefan Löfven

Stefan Löfven has started talks to form a new government, but the former welder faces huge challenges in bringing together an administration that will work. The Local explains why. READ  

Business
Microsoft to buy Swedish Minecraft makers

Microsoft to buy Swedish Minecraft makers

UPDATED: Microsoft announced on Monday that it was buying Swedish company Mojang, which was behind the hit game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion (17.9 billion kronor). READ  

Presented by Stockholm Business Region
Introducing... Starting a business in Stockholm
A business meeting in Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Trygg/Imagebank Sweden

Introducing... Starting a business in Stockholm

Does the dream of your very own business in Stockholm seem unattainable? It may be much, much closer than you think. Stockholm is the largest city in Scandinavia - and its possibilities are endless. READ  

Elections 2014
Election puts economy in 'fog of uncertainty'
Maria Rankka, head of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, is worried about restrictions on foreign workers coming to Sweden. File photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD /TT

Election puts economy in 'fog of uncertainty'

Sweden’s currency took a hit and business leaders warned of a rocky road ahead as the country awoke on Monday to the prospect of a left-led government for the first time in eight years. READ  

My Swedish Career
How I became a surf blogger in Sweden
John Brodie's back. Photo: Private

How I became a surf blogger in Sweden

Surf's up with The Local's Swedish Career chat this week. We've taken a turn from the norm and talked to John Brodie who's kicking off what looks like a promising career in surf writing. READ  

Elections 2014
Sweden's Prime Minister and Finance Minister quit
Reinfeldt hands his resignation to speaker Per Westerberg. Photo: TT

Sweden's Prime Minister and Finance Minister quit

Outgoing Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has handed in his resignation after his right-wing Alliance was defeated at the polls on Sunday. His Finance Minister Anders Borg has announced he is leaving politics too. READ  

Analysis
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson celebrates in Stockholm. Photo: TT

How Sweden Democrats went mainstream

The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats have become the third largest party in a country famous for its egalitarian ideals. The Local's Maddy Savage explores the reasons for their success. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Business & Money
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Blog updates

15 September

Liten, litet, små & lilla (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej igen! Have you ever been confused about when to use “liten”, “litet”, “små” and “lilla”? Today I’m going to sort out how use the adjective “liten” (small) and the different forms of it. Liten or litet? “Liten” is the form we will use when referring to a noun with the gender “en”. For example: Min pappa har en..." READ »

 

12 September

EU sanctions: necessary, effective and timely (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Regular readers of this blog know I’ve written about the Russia-Ukraine crisis here. Today I’ve chosen to share an article by the UK Minister for Europe, David Lidington, with my readers: This week the European Union imposed further sanctions on Russia. This decision followed months of destabilisation of Ukraine by Russia, and months of political..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
National
Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods
Politics
Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto
Tech
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

844
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN