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Accident victims stole good Samaritan’s car

When a man stopped to offer his help at the scene of an accident outside Alingsås in western Sweden on Monday, a couple who had been involved in the crash took the chance to steal his car.

The bizarre incident occurred in the small village of Olstorp, in the outskirts of Alingsås shortly before 4pm on Monday afternoon after a collision between two vehicles.

The couple, a man and woman, fled the scene in the man’s car and police remain nonplussed as to their whereabouts.

“We have classified the crime as leaving the scene of an accident and car theft. They were driving a hire car, but we don’t yet know if their names are on the contract,” said Pia Goksöyr at Västra Götaland police.

The driver of the other car involved in the collision was taken to hospital with chest pains. According to the police, his injuries are not serious.

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ACCIDENT

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.

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