One dead in tanker crash

A 41-year-old woman died in a collision with a tanker on road 56 north of Västerås in central Sweden on Friday morning. The crash has left ammonia leaking from the tanker and nearby properties have been evacuated.

One dead in tanker crash

The collision occurred at around 9am on road 56 north of Västerås. The victim was driving a car when it collided with the tanker. The driver of the tanker has, according to police, managed to escape the collision without injury.

The tanker was loaded with the toxic chemical ammonia which began to leak over the road. Nearby properties have been evacuated as a 300 metre security zone is imposed.

According to police spokesperson Börje Stömberg, the chemical can be very dangerous to inhale and all nearby properties downwind of the accident have been evacuated. Police confirmed that the properties are “limited in number” and are located to the west of the accident, on a ridge near a large field.

“It is a question of a maximum of ten houses, but how many people are in the properties I don’t know,” Strömberg said to news agency TT.

According to reports, the tanker was still leaking ammonia towards midday on Friday and it was as yet unclear how long it would take to clean up the area and tow away the damaged vehicles.

Road 56 is completely closed at the scene of the accident and traffic is being diverted via alternative routes.


Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port

UPDATE: A ferry that ran aground next to islands between Finland and Sweden with nearly 430 crew and passengers on board, was refloated and heading for port, its owners said Sunday.

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port
The Viking Line ship Grace hit rocks in in the Aland archipelago. Photo AFP

The Viking Line's “Grace” hit rocks on Saturday afternoon while sailing between the Finnish port of Turku and the Swedish capital Stockholm, shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn, in the Aland archipelago, Finland's coast guard said.

The passengers had to spend the night on board, though there was no immediate danger as it was not taking on water. No one was hurt in the incident.

A tug boat helped refloat the ferry in the small hours of Sunday morning, the coast guard said on Twitter.

After disembarking around 260 passengers at Mariehamn, it went on to its home port of Turku in Finland, a Viking Line spokeswoman told AFP Sunday. It would undergo repairs in the coming days, she added.

Although the cause of the accident has yet to be established, the coast guard said there were strong winds in the area at the time.

The company cancelled its Saturday ferry service, which was to have been taken by a smaller vessel, because of a storm warning.

In September, another Viking Line ferry, the Amorella, ran aground on the same Aaland Island and the passengers had to be evacuated.