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Crashed train ‘may have been speeding’

The high-speed X2000 train which was involved in a collision near Kimstad in eastern Sweden on Sunday evening could have been travelling above the speed limit, accord to a police report.

Crashed train 'may have been speeding'

A 24-year-old woman sustained serious injuries when the train collided with a backhoe on the stretch of track from Norrköping to Linköping. The woman underwent an emergency operation during the night.

A further 17 people suffered minor injuries in the collision, including the 22-year-old backhoe driver who is recovering in hospital and will be moved from intensive care on Monday.

The backhoe was performing track work on the embankment when the vehicle moved too close to the railway tracks.

The rear bucket ripped along the side of the train with the locomotive’s momentum spinning the backhoe which collided several times with the sides of the carriages, smashing windows and tearing at the metal façade.

Due to the ongoing maintenance work only one of the railway tracks was open and a speed limit of 70 kilometres/hour had been imposed on the stretch. This limit may have been exceeded, according to new information which came to light on Monday morning.

“The emergency services have informed us that the train had a speed of around 100 kilometres per hour, but the investigation will have to establish if this is true,” said police spokesperson Mikael Skoog.

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens haverikommission – SHK) announced on Monday morning that it had launched an investigation into the accident.

“We have two members of staff at the scene and they are conducting an initial preliminary investigation. They expect to complete their work on Monday. We can not yet say anything about the cause of the accident,” said Karin Hellner at SHK to news agency TT.

The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) is conducting its own investigation into the accident which occurred shortly before 8pm.

The train had 244 people onboard when it collided with the backhoe. The train had departed from Stockholm at 5.40pm and was due to arrive in Malmö shortly after ten.

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OPINION: ID-checks between Sweden and Denmark should not be brought back

Sweden's government on Tuesday announced plans to bring back ID checks on Sweden's borders. Niels Paarup-Petersen, a Malmö MP, has launched a campaign to stop them.

OPINION: ID-checks between Sweden and Denmark should not be brought back

Bringing in ID-checks is illegal, ineffective, and devastating for the labour market in the Öresund region. That the government, despite all this, is pushing ahead with them anyway is almost impossible to understand. 

Once again, the government’s first response to a crisis is to bring back the ID-checks that tear our region in two.

Once again, they’re doing this without giving either the regional government or those operating the transport services a chance to give their input.

Once again, the idea is that Skåne and the Öresund Region should pay the price for solving Sweden’s challenges.

Once again, commuters will have to wait for half an hour at Kastrup. Once again the transport system in Skåne will be wrecked. 

READ ALSO: Sweden to bring back border controls to control Ukraine arrivals

It’s bloody awful, to be frank.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that it is illegal to put the responsibility on transport operators across a Schengen border. The Office of the Chancellor of Justice has come to the same conclusions.

Ukrainians have the right to enter the country, which means that they will not be stopped by the ID controls. If you want to have a better understanding of who is crossing the border, there are still ‘temporary’ border controls in place after six years.

Making the transport operator responsible for ID controls work when applied to ferries and flights, where there is only one place where you can get on or off. When you have continuous traffic, such as with trains or cars, it has a devastating effect on the traffic and on all of the people using them.  

ID checks are completely illegal, unnecessary, and irrational.

Region Skåne, the municipalities in Skåne, and all of my colleagues from Skåne in the national parliament must now all put their feet down. 

ID checks on the Öresund Bridge should not be brought back! 

Niels Paarup-Petersen is an MP representing Malmö for the Centre Party. He was born and grew up in Denmark and has worked for the Öresund Bridge Consortium.

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