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Swedish teen girl killed in tram accident

TT/Joel Linde · 3 Jan 2012, 12:27

Published: 03 Jan 2012 12:27 GMT+01:00

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Technicians at the Gothenburg tram operator, Göteborgs Spårvägar, GS, have initiated an investigation of the carriages involved in the accident to find out if they were faulty.

"What we do know is that the tram was at a standstill. When the driver got a green light to start he went. He then noticed that something was wrong, and people outside were yelleing and waving. He stopped immediately," Åsa Berndtson, head of communications at GS told news agency TT.

Maria Andersson, leading the internal investigation at GS, said that it seems likely that the girl had tried to climb through the gap between the two last carriages while the driver was waiting for the green light, local Göteborgsposten newspaper reported.

When the tram then started moving, the girl most likely fell down and was dragged along the tracks before a nearby driver noticed something was wrong and could signal for the tram driver to stop.

The Gothenburg police department has also started their own technical investigation, and have been talking to witnesses for clarity in how the accident could occur.

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"There is currently no suspicion of crime," said Ulla Brehm with the police in the Västa Götaland district.

The girl died from her injuries at the site of the accident.

TT/Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:21 January 3, 2012 by J Jack
How so very sad and tragic for the family and the driver. It's very dark at 5 am and things can happen.
17:00 January 3, 2012 by polar.ics
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17:42 January 3, 2012 by StockholmSam
Let this be a lesson to parents to teach their children to follow the rules and a lesson to the kids to listen to their parents.
20:34 January 3, 2012 by J Jack
@SS ..that comment was heartless and fyi there were no kids involved.
21:07 January 3, 2012 by riose
@StockholmSam You should be banned from this webpage, troll.
00:04 January 4, 2012 by Coalbanks
Strangely there are usually a number of "accidents" at the same location. We have had several in the past month - all at the same 2 stops. Possibly the victim was using a cell phone or i-pod & didn't realize they had walked through a gate & onto the tracks in front of a train? Not likely but it is oftewn the official explanation - so why not make the gates less easy to open?.Tough on the drivers.
00:48 January 4, 2012 by old git
how observant you are J Jack!

But Is n't 17 still à minor? even in Sweden? And you can (should) warn your kids to be careful in traffic, whatever it is and hopefully they listen and don't get hurt. the tram can only go back and forth on its tracks so for some reason on purpose or by accident she was too close ... does not stop the heartbreak for the girl's family and friends nor those of the driver
10:15 January 4, 2012 by Grindsprint
Since the first time i set foot in Göteborg I have felt that those things are dangerous! and it´s not very rare to hear about accidents. put them under ground or something, like in sthlm
17:34 January 9, 2012 by Nysvensk
This accident was not a matter of it being dark. It was not a matter of the girl being too close. It is a question of using poor judgment. Unfortunately the young lady (accompanied by some friends who were not injured) was being very careless by climbing in between two older trams that were attached. They are hooked together much like train cars. As the article states "it seems likely that the girl had tried to climb through the gap between the two last carriages while the driver was waiting for the green light". She gambled on being able to climb between the trams and it cost her her life.
22:58 January 9, 2012 by old git
can't get much closer...that is sure. She tried to climb over the connection ...that is only à liklihood expressed by someone....i can split hairs all night too...
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