“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.