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Car crash kills four

Four people died in a single vehicle accident late Sunday night. The four were travelling by car just south of Karlskoga, when the car came off the road, crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

Car crash kills four

“We’ve got four confirmed dead,” Thomas Ginghagen of the Örebro police told newspaper Aftonbladet.

“But we can’t tell anything about their sex or age.”

The police have yet to identify the deceased. What type of car was involved in the accident has also been impossible to confirm, as the number plates are scorched.

“It’s not even possible to tell what brand the car is. All we know is that it’s a car,” Ginghagen said to news agency TT.

Another unanswered question is if there might have been survivors to the crash.

“We don’t know,” Ginghagen said.

Thomas Ginghagen told the news agency that a police patrol saw the car, driving at high speed. The police officers turned their police car around and began a pursuit of the offending vehicle, which disappeared out of sight.

The patrol caught up to the car around 2.30am, directly after the accident occurred.

“The police officers saw that the car, which had gone off the road and collided with a tree, was on fire. They tried to put the flames out with a powder extinguisher,” Ginghagen explained.

Soon afterward the Karlskoga fire department arrived and successfully extinguished the fire, but too late.

“The car was completely burnt out,” Ginghagen said.

The four bodies were taken to the morgue at the local hospital. Their identification will be a matter for detectives.

The police do not suspect any crime has been committed in connection with the accident.

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Stockholm firefighters tackle bus depot blaze

Emergency services in Stockholm were continuing on Tuesday morning to tackle a fire that started in a bus depot almost 24 hours earlier.

Stockholm firefighters tackle bus depot blaze
File photo of a fire engine in Stockholm: Pontus Lundahl / TT

The fire, which began at around 10.30am on Monday, is likely to cause problems with traffic diversions and irregular public transport throughout Tuesday, according to SL, the company which runs the capital city's public transport.

“It's still burning and we don't know yet how long we will need to be there. Probably the whole day,” said Hans Eriksson from the Stockholm fire service. “Now we are concentrating on protecting the other surrounding buildings.”

The fire began in connection with work on the roof of the building, which contains a large bus depot and the connected offices.

Eriksson said: “It's an old building with a roof built in a complicated way and construction work, so we haven't wanted to sent people up to the roof and fight the fire from within. That's another reason it's taken longer.”

No buses are reported damaged as most of the fleet were on Stockholm's roads at the time of the fire.

Police have opened an investigation into carelessness endangering of the public.

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