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ACCIDENT

Several injured as coach collides with truck

An accident involving a coach, a truck and two cars on the main E4 motorway south of Sundsvall left several people injured on Saturday afternoon.

Several injured as coach collides with truck

The harsh winter weather is thought to have caused the crash which occurred at around 3pm near Njutånger in northern Sweden.

The coach had 35 passengers onboard, as it made its way from Stockholm to Umeå. The driver is reported to be the most seriously hurt, with several passengers also sustaining injuries.

“There is talk of broken limbs but no life-threatening injuries. Several people had to be cut out,” said Thomas Nygren at Sundsvall police at around 4pm.

It is a bit of a mess at the scene, he added.

“There is a complete halt to the traffic and kilometre long queues have formed from both directions.”

Widespread traffic problems affected the region of Hälsingland during the course of Saturday, although they had eased somewhat from Friday.

A further accident on the E4 earlier in the day left two people injured.

“A car drove into the rear of a truck which had ground to a halt,” Göran Lyrberg at Gävleborg police said.

Heavy snowfalls spread across the country during the night, pushing in from the south. Skåne police reported that they counted up to 15 separate traffic incidents during the night, as up to half a metre of snow in some places.

Heavier vehicles have reportedly been struggling in the winter conditions. Buses and trucks are not required to use winter tyres, something road user organisation Motormannen complained about during the week.

The group has demanded that the government extend the winter tyre requirement to buses and trucks, arguing that it would improve safety and reduce the risk of heavy vehicles stopping on slippery inclines.

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WEATHER

Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

Large areas of Sweden saw extreme levels of rain over the weekend, with the city of Linköping receiving more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours, twice as it usually receives in the whole of August. 

Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

According to Swedish weather forecaster SMHI, the Linköping-Malmslätt area received 96mm between Saturday night at 8am on Sunday morning. The area normally received between 60mm and 70mm in August as a whole. 

“There was such an absurd amount of rain that the data was at first rejected by our system,” Therese Fougman, a meteorologist at the forecaster, told Sweden’s TT newswire. “It is continuing to rain during the day, and it is lying in a band over Östergötland, Sörmland och further up towards Uppland, predicting there would be a further 40mm to 50mm in the next 12 hours. 

The downpours have led to flooding in several areas, and caused traffic problem with cars at risk of aquaplaning on roads such as the E18, which were covered in a thick layer of water. 

Lennart Ågren, who was the duty leader of rescue services in Östra Götaland, told TT on Sunday afternoon that rescuers had been called out to several floods in Linköping and Mantorp. 

“There were streets under water, and water was running into properties so we had to throw all our resources at it for several hours,” he said. 

In Jönköping, rescue services were called out to flooding at a school and in other places, while in Växjö, lightening hit close to the place where a student party was being held at the local university campus. 

In Linköping, rescue services told TT that they had been called out 30 times. “We’ve been stretched but have managed to handle it,” said Pedher Helmer, who was in charge of rescue services in Östergötland over the weekend. 

The heavy rain is expected to move to Blekinge, Skåne, Öland and Gotland over the coming days, with a risk for flooding. 

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