Malmö train crash likely caused by human error

Human error was most likely behind the train crash at Malmö Central station which saw an x2000 train crash into a stop barrier on the morning of New Year's Day.

Only one person was injured in the crash and he was taken to Malmö hospital to be treated for his injuries

Neither SJ, nor the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) offered a probable cause for the accident but referred to a joint investigation led by the Transport Administration accident investigators.

“A reply will be given within three months,” Ola Nilsson, spokesperson from the Traffic Administration told the TT news agency.

However, in his dealings with the Board of Accident Investigation (SHK) he stated that there is no indication that the crash was caused by a technical fault.

SJ has not yet specified how much the accident will cost the company, although according to preliminary information it will not cost more than 20 million kronor ($2.97 million).

“X2000 trains are pretty old trains and taking into account depreciation, rather than what it costs to replace it with a new one. Residual value, the interior and other parts of the train that can be reused are also taken into account,” Johan Gustafsson from the team of investigators told TT.

Salvage work is expected to be completed between 2am and 4am on Tuesday night.

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