Snow removal worker killed by train

A person employed to clear snow off the tracks was killed on Monday morning after being hit by an X2000 high speed train.

The accident took place at 6am at Linghem station, 10 kilometres east of Linköping in central Sweden.

“We’re told the victim of the accident was a snow removal worker from the Swedish Rail Administration,” said Elina Yli-Torvi, spokeswoman for Swedish state rail operator SJ.

The victim was hit by a high speed X2000 train travelling from Norrköping to Linköping.

“This is being viewed as an accident in the workplace,” said emergency services coordinator Krister Fält.

Rail traffic came to a standstill immediately after the accident but was back on track by 9am. SJ arranged for replacement buses to take passengers to their final destinations in the intervening period.

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