• Sweden's news in English

Young girl dies in cemetery accident

TT/The Local/gm · 23 Oct 2011, 16:29

Published: 23 Oct 2011 16:29 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The tragedy occurred in a cemetery in Härryda, some 20 kilometres east of Gothenburg, early on Sunday afternoon.

Although details are somewhat unclear, she was apparently visiting the graveyard when the head stone fell on her.

The youngster was immediately rushed to the nearby Södra Älvsborgs hospital in Borås shortly before 2pm.

"A little girl has been struck by a gravestone on her head. It does not look promising," said Gothenburg police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg when the girl was taken to the hospital.

Shortly afterwards however, authorities at the hospital announced that she had not recovered and pronounced her dead

Meanwhile the police are looking further into the cause of the accident. The cemetery has been cordoned off while they try to establish more details.

Story continues below…

"We have closed off the place where the accident happened while we wait to see whether we will carry out an investigation. What we do know is that a stone has fallen, but we do not know why," said Fuxborg.

He added that the girl had been with relatives at the time of the accident and that they were waiting to speak with her mother, who was with her at the time of the incident, at the hospital.

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

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

17:55 October 23, 2011 by sunnchilde
This is the kind of thing that is unbelievable. We all walk around feeling invulnerable. Life is so fragile. Any second you could slip and fall the wrong way, crash in to a car, get run over or just be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
18:07 October 23, 2011 by salalah
How incredible and sad...
18:28 October 23, 2011 by hatim
very sad,

20 km west of Gothenburg is the North Sea. Härryda is in east. The Local needs to hire grown ups for news reporting.
21:15 October 23, 2011 by skogsbo
sue the owner of the headstone.
21:34 October 23, 2011 by dizzymoe33
Another senseless loss of life. My thoughts are with the girls family.
21:55 October 23, 2011 by Frobobbles
Gravestones are not constructed to balance on. Neither is the graveyard a playground.
22:49 October 23, 2011 by star10
RIP. Condolence to her family.
04:00 October 24, 2011 by jvtx3232
Oh my gosh that is terrible what are the odds.

I feel real sad and sick to my stomach after reading about this tragedy.

08:15 October 24, 2011 by Gabin
Rest in Peace, lite Princeza.

But my gosh what kind of parents let a kid play on a grave...
09:43 October 24, 2011 by Kahmoudi
My heart goes out to her family and friends. R.I.P, beloved.
Today's headlines
Video: How to be Joel Kinnaman for a day
Kinnaman with one of the camera rigs that will allow people inside his head. Photo: Tele2

The Swedish Hollywood actor will strap a camera to his head, stream it live and allow viewers to interact with him this weekend.

Presented by Invest Stockholm
How Stockholm's cold climate boosts creativity
Photo: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

Do long, dark winters actually make Swedes more creative and more productive? We spoke to Stockholm startups to find out.

Meet Sweden's lonely Donald Trump voter
A Donald Trump campaign button. Photo: Rogelio V Solis/AP

The Local talks to an American Donald Trump supporter on what it is like living in progressive stronghold Sweden.

Sweden to keep record-low interest rate in 2017
Sweden's landmark negative interest rate will continue towards 2018. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

The Swedish central bank said that it will take longer than expected to reach its inflation target.

Presented by Stockholm University
9 unexpected programmes at Stockholm University
Photo: Niklas Björling

Did you know Stockholm University offers 75 master's programmes taught in English? And some of them are programmes you won't find anywhere else...

Creepy clown messes with the wrong dog walker in Sweden
Not the clown in the story. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

A dog helped its owner fight off a creepy clown chasing the pair in southern Sweden.

A million Swedes are digitally excluded: report
How should Sweden bridge the digital divide? Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Tech-savvy Swedes? Perhaps not. A new study suggests that at least a million of its residents feel the pain of the digital divide.

Malmö's 19th Swedish title sets Champions hopes alight
Malmö fans celebrating after the match. Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT

Malmö FF have their eyes set on the Champions League after winning the Swedish league for the 19th time.

What's on in Sweden
Five great autumn events in Sweden this week
Jazz in northern Sweden. Photo: Umeå Jazz Festival

Food, music, movies and more food. What better way of helping yourself forget that the days are getting shorter and colder?

Here's how slow Sweden's high-speed trains are getting
A Swedish SJX2000 high speed train. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

The high-speed rail journey between the three biggest Swedish cities is about to get longer.

Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
People-watching: October 26th
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast
Is Game of Thrones coming to Sweden?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available