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Tram wreck injures 28 in Gothenburg

The Local/rm · 9 Sep 2011, 15:12

Published: 09 Sep 2011 15:12 GMT+02:00

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“The driver slammed the brakes just before we crashed. People were tossed forward in the carriage. There was smoke and people panicked,” one witness told local paper Göteborgsposten (GP).

Another witness said the collision sounded like an explosion and described how the carriages were lifted up by the crash.

“It wasn't until we got out that we saw how serious the crash had been,” said passenger Evelina Fredin to Sveriges Radio (SR).

Out of the 28 taken to hospital 23 could go home shortly after, leaving five in need of further medical treatment.

The reason behind the accident is still unknown.

According to several witnesses the number 6 tram was at the station as the 11 drove in to the back of it.

The driver was one of the 28 taken to hospital and police have had no chance to question him yet.

“Our investigator will most likely question him during the course of Saturday,” said Christer Olsson of tram company GS Spårvagn.

According to Olsson, investigators are also gathering witness statements and examining the trams for any other clues as to why the collision occurred.

So far there are no indications that the driver blacked out, fell asleep or was disturbed while driving.

“This is what the investigator will have to try to establish. I don't really have a theory into what happened or why,” Olsson told GP.

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According to Olsson collisions are known to happen from time to time but he can't recall any previous incident when they have collided at this speed.

The driver who is described to be in his forties is expected to be well enough to be questioned over the weekend.

Having worked as a tram driver for a year he has reportedly been a bus driver for many years prior to that.

“It was terrible. I have been crying incessantly since it happened,” said 21-year-old Elise, a passenger aboard one of the crashed trams, to GP four hours after the incident.

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Your comments about this article

11:07 September 10, 2011 by logi
nobody understand what happened as this is a rare occurence. As it is said accident don't just happen, but caused by something, thank God nobody died.

There should be rules to ban drivers of trams and buses from making calls while driving.

the driver has lot of explanation to do
12:29 September 10, 2011 by Twiceshy
reading or sms will be the reason. drivers do it all the time. this is a tram on a track. you have gas & brake. how hard can this be?
22:55 September 10, 2011 by swedejane
Agree with Twiceshy (once bitten?)...I see these tram drivers text messaging and talking on their phone, same with the bus drivers, all the time and it makes me want to pull my hair out. Just do you friggin job...in fact, I wish their employer would require them to leave their cell phones behind. That should be a rule: no cell phones on the job when you're driving a tram or bus.
01:07 September 11, 2011 by lovedealer76
the whole texting and phoning while driving culture in sweden is far too awful,this got stop!,since i came to sweden and realised it,i was shocked till date
02:43 September 12, 2011 by old git
swedejane I would be very surprised if using a mobile phone whilst driving is allowed by a public transport company, but people do happen to break company rules. ...and to start with does it say anywhere the driver was phoning/ texting,...maybe in the Swedish press?
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