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Two dead after bus collides with truck

Two people are dead and several others injured following a collision between a truck and a bus in central Sweden on Wednesday morning.

Two dead after bus collides with truck

A man and a woman were killed when the bus and truck rammed into one another at 6.30am on route 26/47, a few kilometres southeast of Mullsjö, outside of Jönköping.

One victim died on the scene, while the second person died later at Ryhov hospital in Jönköping.

Three other people are being treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

A total of 19 people were involved in the crash. Those that didn’t need emergency care were taken to a clinic in Mullsjö.

Several people were trapped in the bus after it rammed into the truck.

“We came up across a bus, where there were people injured and trapped inside. There were several people standing outside the bus with minor injuries or no injuries,” Fredric Jonsson of emergency services told Sveriges Radio (SR).

Police are still investigating the cause of the wreck.

“Right now we don’t know what caused it. But we’ve been in contact with the Swedish Tranport Administration (Trafikverket), which carried out an investigation for accidents as serious as this one,” police spokesperson Gunnar Hansson told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Route 26/47 remains closed in both directions as crews were to clear the scene of the accident.

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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.

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