Driver loses control: bus smashes 11 cars

An out of control bus rammed into ten cars and a minibus in downtown Borås in western Sweden on Friday, sending four people to hospital with minor injuries.

One car caught fire following the crash, but the flames were quickly extinguished.

The first collision occurred when the bus was making a turn onto Allégatan and ran into one car.

After the crash however, witnesses reported that the bus continued moving, picking up speed along the way.

The bus ended up running into eleven vehicles before the driver steered the bus away from the scene.

By then he had informed his dispatcher about the accident.

“He was probably in such a state of shock that he didn’t realize what he was doing,” said police spokesperson Lars Hullegård to the TT news agency.

“The driver claims the gas pedal was stuck. The bus will be examined on Monday, so until then we won’t really know what caused the accident,”

The accident resulted in the street being completely blocked and caused what was described as a chaotic scene, with several ambulances also descending on the area.

The driver was tested for alcohol, but no traces were found in his blood.


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.