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Stockholm investigates Midnight Run death

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15:58 CEST+02:00
Stockholm county council has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a runner at this year's Midnight Run (Midnattsloppet) after being turned away from a Stockholm hospital because it was full.

"We are conducting an investigation with regards to the transport and communication with the hospital. We don't yet know if anything has happened but will have a look at it," said Anders Fridell at Stockholm county council to The Local on Tuesday.

Fridell told The Local that the county council was responding to reports in the Swedish media on Tuesday that the 26-year-old man was turned away from Stockholm South General Hospital after arriving in an ambulance.

According to a report in the Aftonbladet daily on Tuesday the man, one of two runners to have died in the 10 kilometre race, was referred onwards to Karolinska Hospital, where he was declared dead.

"We are not going to investigate why the man died, that is a medical issue. We will look at the transport and communication to see if anything has gone amiss," Fridell said, adding that the inquiry is expected to be completed within a couple of days.

The annual event is a popular festive occasion and traverses a circuit around Södermalm in central Stockholm. 20,000 runners took part in the race this year which was run in 26 degree Celsius with high humidity.

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