Teen dead following train engine electrocution

A teenage boy died on Wednesday evening after being electrocuted when he climbed up on the engine of a train in Uddevalla in western Sweden.

The accident happened around 6pm shortly before the boy, a native of Halden in Norway, and his traveling companions were due to switch trains.

The boy was a member of a traveling swim team.

“He climbed up on the train so that a friend could take a picture of him. When the friend moved back to take the picture he heard how it started to sizzle up on the engine. When he turned he saw his friend being electrocuted,” police spokesperson Björ Blixter told the TT news agency.

The boy then fell lifeless to the ground.

Eight friends between the ages of 13- and 17-years-old witnessed the accident and were taken to the hospital in Uddevalla in a state of shock.

The boy was still alive when an ambulance arrived to take him to hospital. But around 8pm in the evening the hospital announced the boy had died.

The engine was not in service at the time of the incident.

“It’s extremely dangerous and strictly prohibited to climb on engines and carriages. It happens on average a few times a year that someone, usually a young person, dies or is seriously injured in these types of accidents,” said Bodil Sonesson, a spokesperson with the Swedish Rail Administration (Banverket), to TT.

“All it takes is to be close to a live cable for an accident to happen. The cables carry 16,000 volts and can create electrical arcs which can travel; you don’t have to be in direct contact with the cable.”

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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.