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17:51 CEST+02:00
One person has died and 14 others were injured in a bus accident on Färingsö west of Stockholm, police reported on Wednesday.

"Many are injured. Large-scale rescue resources have been dispatched to the scene of the accident," Ulf Lindgren, information officer at Stockholm Police's central communication bureau, told news agency TT.

Four of the 14 were seriously injured. The remainder have minor injuries, said Björn Engström, press spokesman of the Stockholm police communication centre.

The accident occurred when the bus for an unknown reason went off on the hard shoulder and tipped over. The bus, from Westin Buss, was lying on its side in a field near Färentunavägen.

The bus, which was described as a tourist coach, was carrying about 30 retired passengers when the accident occurred at around 3.30pm near Svartsjö Zoo next to Skå Edeby airfield in Ekerö county.

"We received a call about 10 minutes later at 3.41pm and have sent a lot of resources to the scene," said Lindgren.

According to DN.se, 12 ambulances and two medical teams from Södersjukhuset and Danderyd that can provide medical assistance on the scene were dispatched to the site, as well as firefighters from Stockholm, Ekerö and Botkyrka and numerous police officers.

Police did not disclose the where the passengers were from, but said that the bus had left from Reimersholme in Stockholm and was on its way back when the accident occurred. They added that the passengers were members of a club for retirees.

"They had been out on a day trip," said Ulf Lindgren, press spokesman for the Stockholm police communication centre.

He added that a bus has been requisitioned to pick up those who were not injured in the crash. According to the operation manager in place, all the passengers were Swedish.

Karl-Gustaf Järn lives near the crash site. He came home a little while after the accident.

"They have closed off the road so it is completely blocked," he told TT. "There are police cars, ambulances and fire trucks the whole way. I had to talk myself past them to come home."

He could not completely see the bus accident from his home.

Johan Elfver, information director at Ekerö county, said that the county is waiting to hear more about emergency services.

"We are preparing our work with a crisis group, but we must first wait for information from emergency services in order to do a good job," he said.

Karolinska Hospital's press office declined to comment on the condition of the injured.

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