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100-year-old driver blames crash on faulty hearing aid

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100-year-old driver blames crash on faulty hearing aid
08:00 CEST+02:00
A 100-year-old motorist said a malfunctioning hearing aid caused him to crash his car on a motorway in central Sweden on Sunday night.

He is now under criminal suspicion of reckless driving.

The single-car accident occurred on the E20 motorway outside of Eskilstuna in central Sweden shortly before 9pm on Sunday night, the local Eskilstuna Kuriren newspaper reported.

The 100-year-old man slammed his vehicle into a road barrier that had been put in place in connection with repair work being carried out on a bridge which spans the motorway.

“He did fail to spot a rather large road barrier,” Södermanland County police duty officer Lennart Ahlin told the TT news agency.

While the barrier was completely destroyed and the man's car was heavily damaged, the 100-year-old escaped the accident without injury.

He was nevertheless taken to hospital for an examination.

In speaking with police about what caused him to crash, the 100-year-old said a contributing factor to the wreck was the fact that the battery in his hearing aid stopped working.

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