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Miracle baby survives Chistmas Day crash

A four-month-old baby miraculously survived a horrifc crash when a car somersaulted into a ditch alongside the E 18 motorway near Stockholm on Christmas Day.

The woman driving the vehicle escaped with injuries to her face while the male passenger walked away unhurt.

Treacherous icy conditions on the roads was given as the reason behind the dramatic crash as the driver suddenly lost control of the car, according to Uppsala police.

Icy conditions are forecast to remain into the weekend.

The Local reported on Thursday that Sweden’s main meteorological agency, SMHI, had issued a warning to drivers to avoid the roads in what promised to be a treacherous festive period with icy and frost forecast across most parts of Sweden.

While a high pressure front that pushed in across the country on Christmas Day ensured a sunny fresh, clear day for most Swedes it also brought with it the risk of ice roads.

At least two further car accidents were reported in Uppsala county on Christmas Day and SMHI issue a further warning that the treacherous driving conditions were set to remain into the weekend.

“If moist winds push in from the sea in the west then it could be extremely slippery on the west coast,” said Kjell Flyman at SMHI to news agency TT.

SMHI’s warning is focused on the west coast region and around Gothenburg. Clear and stable weather is forecast over much of Sweden with some snow and rain in northern highland areas. Where there is rain there is a risk for icy roads as temperatures dip in the evening on Friday.

TRAVEL NEWS

Trains delayed and roads slippery in Sweden despite lower snowfall

Sweden's state-owned rail company SJ cancelled several train services on Tuesday as a result of the snowy weather, while forecasters warned that roads could still be slippery in many regions.

Trains delayed and roads slippery in Sweden despite lower snowfall

SJ is cancelling several regional trains on Tuesday between Stockholm and Uppsala, Stockholm and Västerås, and Gävle and Linköping at the request of the Swedish Transport Administration, which wants to free up space on the tracks. 

At the same time, weather forecaster SMHI warned that, while snowfall would decrease over the day, there would still be a risk of slippery roads in many areas.

“It’s still continuing to snow, but the intensive snowfall we are now warning about will come to an end during the day, starting in the south of the country,” state meteorologist Angelica Lundberg told the TT newswire.  “Over the coming days there may be an increased risk of slipping and this is the case most of all close to the coast.” 

Bengt Olsson, press officer for the Swedish Transport Administration, told SVT that the disruptions seen on Sunday and Monday looked likely to ease off on Tuesday. 

“It’s a bit calmer so far. There’s another type of road surface to day. It’s starting to freeze up a but. There’s a lot of crust from the snow and patches of ice out on the road, so its the risk of skidding that we are trying to deal with today.”

The slippery roads have led to some busses being cancelled, with Dalatrafiken, the bus operator in Dalarna, cancelling several regional bus services. 

Buses parked at the Keolis bus depot in Värtahamnen cruise terminal in Stockholm.
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Stockholm’s transport operator SL suspended the Lindingöbanan Light-railway line on Tuesday morning, and has also reduced some commuter train services. In Söderort, Huddinge and Botkyrka all bus services have been cancelled. 

“The measures taken to prevent skidding aren’t working,” SL’s press spokesperson Andreas Strömberg told SVT. “At Juliaborg in Huddinge six of our buses got stuck, so the traffic controllers decided to cancel all further services so we can get in snow ploughs.

Snow was continuing to fall on Tuesday over much of central Sweden, and SMHI has issued the lowest “yellow” weather warning for Sörmland, Västmanland, Örebro, Dalarna, and the north of Värmland. 

In most places, there is now between 5cm-15cm of snow, with 20cm in some places. 

 
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