Three dead in head-on collision

A 45-year-old father of two, a 64-year-old man and his 85-year-old mother died on Tuesday evening in a violent frontal collision between two vehicles outside Skene in southern Sweden.

“We haven’t even been able to detect any braking skid marks on the scene so it is likely that it was a terrible collision, like driving into a brick wall at 140 kilometres per hour,” Johan Ljung of the local police told news agency TT.

A further passenger, the wife of the 64-year-old, is currently in critical condition and in the care of Salhgrenska hospital in Gothenburg.

“She is on a respirator and is being treated for life threatening injuries,” Ljung told TT.

The woman, who had been traveling in the one of the vehicles driven by her husband with his elderly mother in the passenger seat, had to be cut out of the car by fire services before being flown by ambulance helicopter to the hospital.

Both the driver and his elderly mother died in the accident. The other car was driven by a 45-year-old male who was also killed in the accident. According to the police, he leaves two young children behind.

The speed restrictions in the area where the accident occurred around 6pm on Tuesday evening are 70 kilometres per hour, according to Ljung.

According to a witness talking to the Aftonbladet daily, one of the cars moved into the wrong side of the road causing a frontal collision between the two vehicles.

Five ambulances, a police helicopter, and two police patrol cars took part of the rescue operation.

The traffic returned to normal again after a few hours. The two cars, of which one was a BMW, will now undergo a forensic examination.

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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.