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Minivan rollover kills two in northern Sweden

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Minivan rollover kills two in northern Sweden
10:06 CEST+02:00
Two people were killed and eight people injured when a minivan ran off the road and flipped Saturday night in northern Sweden. The severity of injuries sustained by the eight is unclear.

The vehicle is owned by a company that clears and plants forests.

It's unclear how badly injured the victims are, Tomas Schaufel, the on-duty police officer in northern Sweden, told the TT news agency.

The minibus, with 10 passengers, drove off the road and sommersaulted near Markit, a small town about 30 km east of Gällivare in the Norrbottens region.

Five ambulances, a rescue helicopter, a taxi for emergency transport, police and rescue services were sent to the scene at about 7.30pm, according to emergency services operator SOS Alarm.

Two people died in the accident.

“There are eight injured in total,” confirmed Schaufel.

The injured were taken to first response facilities in nearby Gällivare.

“There it will be determined if any of the injured need to be transferred for care to another hospital,” said Schaufel.

The officer had no information regarding the identity, age and residence of those involved in the accident.

The minibus is registered to a company involved in clearing and planting of forests for different forest companies.

Police said those involved in the accident were probably on their way to or from such work when the accident occurred.

It is also unclear what caused the accident.

Police continue to investigate.

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