SHARE
COPY LINK

ACCIDENT

Swedish girl crushed to death in hospital bed

A six-year-old girl has died after she became trapped in a hospital bed at a health care clinic in western Sweden.

Swedish girl crushed to death in hospital bed

Police have launched an investigation into the incident in Sälen on suspicions of manslaughter.

The girl was seriously injured and taken to Mora Hospital 90 kilometres east, where she died of her wounds on Monday afternoon.

According to a statement from the Dalarna county council, the accident occurred when the girl was crushed while playing on a so-called hydraulic treatment bed and died from the injuries she suffered.

She was not a patient, but was at the health care clinic with a close relative, according to the county council.

“This is a horrible incident and my thoughts obviously go to the girl’s relatives in the first place. Now we are doing everything we can to support families and staff at the health centre,” Karin Stikå-Mjöberg of the county council said in a statement.

“Police have launched a preliminary investigation and will also conduct a technical investigation of the hydraulic treatment bed. We will also conduct our own internal investigation,” she added.

The girl was at the health centre with her older sister, according to Dalarna police. For “unknown reasons,” she was crushed on a bed that is regulated by an electric motor, Dalarna police wrote in a statement.

When the girl was found, she was unconscious, but showed signs of life and was taken by ambulance to the Mora hospital. She later died of the injuries she sustained.

A technical investigation will be conducted on Tuesday.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

ACCIDENT

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port

UPDATE: A ferry that ran aground next to islands between Finland and Sweden with nearly 430 crew and passengers on board, was refloated and heading for port, its owners said Sunday.

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port
The Viking Line ship Grace hit rocks in in the Aland archipelago. Photo AFP

The Viking Line's “Grace” hit rocks on Saturday afternoon while sailing between the Finnish port of Turku and the Swedish capital Stockholm, shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn, in the Aland archipelago, Finland's coast guard said.

The passengers had to spend the night on board, though there was no immediate danger as it was not taking on water. No one was hurt in the incident.

A tug boat helped refloat the ferry in the small hours of Sunday morning, the coast guard said on Twitter.

After disembarking around 260 passengers at Mariehamn, it went on to its home port of Turku in Finland, a Viking Line spokeswoman told AFP Sunday. It would undergo repairs in the coming days, she added.

Although the cause of the accident has yet to be established, the coast guard said there were strong winds in the area at the time.

The company cancelled its Saturday ferry service, which was to have been taken by a smaller vessel, because of a storm warning.

In September, another Viking Line ferry, the Amorella, ran aground on the same Aaland Island and the passengers had to be evacuated.

SHOW COMMENTS