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Toddler badly hurt in driveway accident

A 15-month-old child has been badly injured after being knocked down by a reversing car at a farm near Gnesta south of Stockholm on Monday.

“The child is reported to be badly injured. He was taken to Hagstumossen playing fields for transfer to an ambulance helicopter and is now on his way to Stockholm or Uppsala,” said Thomas Jöhnemark at Sörmlands police to news agency TT.

Initial reports indicate that the child’s father was at the wheel of the car when it reversed over the toddler at around midday on Monday.

A police unit from Nyköping was dispatched to the property near Gnesta to investigate the incident.

“He backed the car out of a car port and the child walked in behind the car in an unsupervised moment. The mother was also at the farm but was not nearby,” Jöhnemark said.

The police unit at the farm has classified the incident as an unfortunate accident.

Karolinska University Hospital has confirmed that the child is being treated in the trauma unit at Astrid Lindgren’s Children’s Hospital, but was unable to divulge any further information about the child’s condition.

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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.

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