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Faulty floats leave students injured

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16:46 CEST+02:00
At least fifteen gymnasium students have been injured in Stockholm as two separate accidents involving parade floats marred graduation celebrations on Tuesday afternoon.

Central Stockholm was thronged on Tuesday with trucks doubling as graduation floats carrying their cargo of ecstatic students through the sun-drenched streets.

Just after 3pm, seven students fell to the street in the Östermalm district when the railing on their float gave way. Five of the students were taken to hospital for treatment.

"None of them were seriously injured. There was one foot fracture and complaints of sore backs," said police spokesman Joakim Caryll.

Fifteen minutes later, a very similar incident on Sankt Eriksgatan resulted in mild injuries to eight students. Some students had cuts and there were reports of a possible fractured leg.

"It is too early to say whether there is any suspicion of criminal intent," said Caryll.

The clear-up operation at the busy crossing at Sankt Eriksgatan and Fleminggatan caused major traffic delays.

Designated drivers for the annual feast of booze and academic accomplishment are obliged to inform police of their route and timetable in order to ease the flow of traffic.

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