• Sweden's news in English

Minivan rollover kills two in northern Sweden

TT/The Local/kh · 19 Jun 2011, 10:06

Published: 19 Jun 2011 10:06 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

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.

Story continues below…

It is also unclear what caused the accident.

Police continue to investigate.

TT/The Local/kh (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

01:13 June 20, 2011 by wenddiver
The safest vehicle on the road is a Big, V-8, American FORD SUV. Whether yu roll them over in the ditch or just run over the top of somebody elses car.

I rolled my FORD Excursion off the side of a river Levee, injured nothing but my pride and Ray Ban sun glasses. Just remember to relax as you roll over, so you don't injir your neck.

Good Luck to the Survivos.
03:20 June 20, 2011 by repat_xpat
Amen wendd iver. I love my GMC Yukon Denali. I hated my 9-5 & Corsa while living in Sweden.
08:58 June 20, 2011 by eppie

True, Swedes are very bad drivers but not so bad that they would need pick-ups. For now an SUV is big enough to hide their driving ineptness.
11:45 June 20, 2011 by wenddiver
@repat-apat- They stopped making the Excursion, because of pressure from enviromental wackos, so I bought a Yukon too. You are right they are very nice vehicles. I took mine out to Taho and it was amazing how it clawed through the unplowed mountain roads. My little Nephew called the Excursion the "Driving Fortress" after the B-17, Bomber " Flying Fortresses" that shot their way into Nazi Germany in Broad daylight. Many trips we played bomber going down the road. "Pilot to Waiste Gunner, boogies at 6 o' clock, closing fast." , "On it, Pilot". Rarely did our family get through the whole trip without getting jumped by Hitler's Luftwaffe, if Timmy was along. They are both missed, the Yukon and the Excursion.

@eppie- I love coming home to my trucks every time I come home from Europe. I wish you had the option of renting a big American SUV while on business in Europe. I always feel like I am leaving something behind while driving there.
Today's headlines
Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Watch this amazing footage of Sweden’s landscapes
A still from the aerial footage of Sweden. Photo: Nate Summer-Cook

The spectacular drone footage captures both Sweden's south and the opposite extreme, thousands of kilometres north.

Sweden could be allowed to keep border controls: EU
Police ID checks at Hyllie station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden could be allowed to keep ID controls on its border with Denmark beyond the current end date of November, following discussions among EU leaders in Brussels last night.

Why women in Sweden will work for free by November
File photo of a woman working in a Swedish office. Photo: Anders Willund/TT

A new study into the gender pay gap suggests Sweden still has some work to do.

Look familiar? Meet your jawbone's ancestor
Thank God for evolution, eh?

There's something fishy about the human jawbone – it has its origins in the placodermi, a jowly species of fish that lived 400 million years ago, Swedish and Chinese researchers say.

Isis claims unremarked arson attack in Malmö
The arson attack took place on Norra Grängesbergsgatan in Malmö. File photo: Emil Langvad/TT

An arson attack in Malmö that caused only minor damage and was barely reported in the media has been claimed by terror group Isis.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available