Stone-throwing youths force bus route closures

Some Södertälje residents wishing to catch a bus home after New Year's Eve celebrations will be out of luck.

Bus operator Swebus has elected to shut down several stops in response to attacks by gangs of rock-throwing youths in Hovsjö and Ronna.

Last Wednesday one bus suffered damage due to thrown rocks and on Thursday another bus was hit by fireworks.

As a result, several bus stops were closed into the weekend.

Swebus drivers ventured out again this past Saturday evening and were once again met with thrown rocks.

“They stand on the pedestrian bridges over the roads and throw rocks at us when we drive toward the city center. We simply can’t risk our drivers’ or passengers’ safety, said Kjell Hägglund, head of security for Swebus.

Stops will be closed from 7pm in the evenings until 6am in the mornings until January 2nd.