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Swedish teenagers in deadly crash

TT/The Local/cg · 26 Jun 2011, 12:04

Published: 26 Jun 2011 12:04 GMT+02:00

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He was travelling in a so-called EPA tractor, an old car converted into farming machine, together with three other teenagers.

One of the 16 year-old's companions was also severely injured, and the other two received minor injuries.

All three have been taken to the university hospital in Lund.

Local police have confirmed that the victims were all minors.

"Three of them were born in 1995. One was born 1994," Cindy Schönström-Larsson, information officer with the Skåne police force, said to regional newspaper Sydsvenskan.

How the accident occurred is still unclear, although the police are now investigating this.

"There's a run-down telephone pole by the accident spot, so most likely they crashed into the pole," Schönström-Larsson said.

The EPA tractor flipped over in the course of the accident, according to reports from tabloid paper Aftonbladet.

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The teenagers' families have been notified.

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

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14:02 June 26, 2011 by JulieLou40
A bunch of teenagers in a tractor, crashing into a telephone pole at 5am....hmm...not exactly hard to guess that alcohol was involved, is it? Idiots.
14:49 June 26, 2011 by Sonia Felet
How sad to have such bad news... I feel very, very sorry for their parents...
16:07 June 26, 2011 by Rick Methven

An EPA Tractor is not a tractor but usually an old Volvo turned into a pickup truck. The car is governed to a max speed of 30kph and can be driven by a 16 year old. they are quite common in rural areas.
16:50 June 26, 2011 by kenny8076
Well i have to waive a BS flag on this being an EPA vehicle, maybe it was intended to be that or supposed to be that, but modifications had to have played a role in this. I have been in 3 crashes in my life and i can say that a car going 30kph (18mph) does not look like this picture after hitting a pole. Flipped and windows shattered out?!?! hahah ya right... i was hit at a red light from a car doing 50mph and it didnt look like this picture......assuming this picture is of the accident.

Whether they were drunk or not 30kph can only cause so much damage and i highly doubt 30 caused such chaos and death
16:53 June 26, 2011 by Mpf
We have lots of these idiots where I live. They certainly go faster than the 30kph they are suppose to be governed too.

Think they own the road and how they haven't killed anyone yet is beyond me. It is certainly not down to skill but pure luck.

Came home one day to find they had nearly managed to wreck in my garden. The length of the skid marks prove it was doing more than 30!

They should be banned. Why do they allow unlicenced teenagers to drive these vehicles? It is pure madness.
17:42 June 26, 2011 by Scorch

Agreed. They're dangerous and always blocking the road.
05:56 June 27, 2011 by calebian22
Sweden is ridiculous on this one. It takes several months and about 8000 kronors just to take the tests, ice class and risk training to get your driver's license. And that's assuming you already know how to drive and don't take any classes. At the same time they let irresponsible teenagers drive triangle cars and mopeds with bit of day training. Pure madness is correct.
08:07 June 27, 2011 by wabasha
didn't some kid get clocked at 170kph in a tractor just a month ago near skara?
11:06 June 27, 2011 by rise
It's the same with mopeds... At the time, around 20 years ago, I drove a moped way over 100kph although it wasn't allowed to go any faster than 30kph. Boys at the age of around 15-16 aren't nearly enough developed to take the responsibility needed in traffic. But did I get any reprimands for my insanely driving? None whatsoever. The society hasn't any control over this.

In fact even 18 is too early for boys to handle a car! That age should rise to maybe between 20-21...
13:38 June 27, 2011 by J Jack
It is not mentioned weather it was the driver who passed probably out of respect to the victims' relatives. It looks very much like a chopped down version of traktor which means all four of them would have been in the front seat unless someone was on the back deck. However, the picture looks more like a Chevy S10 than a Volvo which does have a thin back seat. I know of two of them around Lund that are supposed traktors. It's more like a kid's 1st car that he will graduate into after his license by taking off the triangle, slapping plates on it and removing the governor. Sunroof, dogs balls spot lights and a roll bar? This was not a 30 k crash.
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