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Minivan rollover kills two in northern Sweden

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.

Minivan rollover kills two in northern Sweden

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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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.

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