Forty hurt as train derails

A train bound for Stockholm from Oslo derailed near the Swedish border on Friday night, leaving 40 people needing hospital treatment for their injuries.

Forty hurt as train derails

“Train 55 from Oslo to Stockholm… has derailed near Skotterud,” the Norwegian train operator NTB said in a statement.

According to Swedish train operator SJ there were 340 people on board the Intercity train when it left the tracks just short of the Swedish border.

Trond Sulen of the Hedmark district police told AFP that two carriages of the train had toppled over in the accident.

Swedish and Norwegian emergency services rushed to the scene to aid the injured, none of whom were reported to be seriously hurt.

The train left the Norwegian capital Oslo at 4pm and was due to arrive in Stockholm at 10.06pm.

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Trains stopped between Stockholm and Gothenburg

Trains between Stockholm and Gothenburg have been stopped and between Stockholm and Malmö severely disrupted due to a fire and several electrical faults.

Trains stopped between Stockholm and Gothenburg

“We have problems with all rail traffic south of Norrland,” Peter Jonsson, from the Swedish Transport Administration, told the country’s TT newswire. “The heat has of course had an impact, particularly when it concerns the fire, but we’re not otherwise speculating on the cause.” 

According to the agency, the issues are the result of four separate incidents, a fire south of Hallsberg, an overhead power contact line, which has snapped, and two electrical faults. 

Peter Krameus, a spokesperson for Sweden’s state-owned rail company SJ, said that all trains were being sent back to the stations from which they most recently departed until the faults could be corrected. 

While trains between Stockholm and Gothenburg have been stopped completely, trains between Stockholm and Malmö have been affected by two problems with overhead lines. Trains between Mjölby and Nässjö and Eslöv and Stehag are travelling onto on one of the two lines now. 

“That doesn’t mean that all traffic has stopped, but it’s going to mean cancelled trains and delayed departures,” Jonsson said. 

So far, 50 of SJ’s train departures have been cancelled as a result of the faults.