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Family of five killed in head-on crash

TT/The Local/dl · 10 Jan 2012, 11:22

Published: 10 Jan 2012 07:23 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Jan 2012 11:22 GMT+01:00

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The victims included a 45-year-old man, a 38-year-old woman, a 2-year-old boy and two girls, aged 11 and 13, police confirmed on Tuesday.

The driver of the truck was also taken to hospital where he was treated for shock following the accident.

Falling snow made for poor visibility and slick roads when the driver apparently lost control of the car, causing it to cross into oncoming traffic and into the path of the truck.

“The long-haul truck was carrying a heavy load of wood chips,” Per Larsson of the Lidköping police told the TT news agency.

The accident took place around 8.30pm as the car was traveling north on the two-lane E20 motorway near Skogsbo, just south of Vara in western Sweden.

Snow had been falling in the region and the roadways were slippery and covered in slush when the two vehicles collided head-on.

The truck pushed the car for around 60 metres before tipping over and coming to rest in the ditch.

Rescue workers were forced to cut open the car to reach the passengers, but discovered all had perished.

According to the duty officer with emergency services in Gothenburg, the car was carrying two adults and three children.

Several hours following the accident, police continued their work to identify the victims, theorizing that it may have been an entire family.

“It's not unlikely,” Larsson told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

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He added the police are still looking into the cause of the crash.

“We have no idea what happened or whose fault it may be,” Larsson told TT.

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

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Your comments about this article

11:58 January 10, 2012 by bolababu
really tragic way to start the new year, i pray the good lord grant their families the fortitude to bear such a huge loss.

That been said, i think people should drive more carefully and drivers licenses should be reviewed every 5th year, can't believe how some people drive these days, people have become over-reliant on technology than common sense based on what i've witnessed on the E6 many times.
12:08 January 10, 2012 by suprkynu
i feel pity for the family and i hoppe new rules and regulation will be introduced in sweden society about drivers licenses and speed.
12:52 January 10, 2012 by star10
tragic! RIP.
12:53 January 10, 2012 by karex
So tragic and with this crazy weather it could have happened to any of us.

Drivers should always be careful of course, especially in snowy and freezing weather. But I lost my car three weeks before Christmas, driving at 35-40 Km/hr due to black ice. Therefore, excessive speed and reckless driving were no factors. As a matter of fact, this incident spoiled my perfect driving record of 32 years running - not even a parking ticket.

The biggest factor this year in my opinion is some communities opting to salt some roads and not others, after two harsh winters in a row, probably trying to save money. This creates eextremely hazardous driving conditions. In this case, it is better not to salt ANY roads. The traction difference when you drive off a salted road to another unsalted (and I'm talking asphalt, not gravel surface) is so extreme that it takes many drivers completely by surprise.
13:46 January 10, 2012 by gabeltoon
May they rest in peace. This brings back horrible memories of the time i was driving to work and the car two cars ahead skidded and went head on into the path of a lorry killing all three family members. My thoughts are with the families involved.
15:29 January 10, 2012 by Migga
A real tragedy. Sweden has one of the lowest numbers of fatalities in traffic related accidents. Look it up. In 2010 there where 270 people killed and that was the lowest number per capita in the world. Even with this case, Sweden and Swedes is doing something right.
17:39 January 10, 2012 by J Jack
The picture says it all. Just look at the road surface. Anyone who has lost it in these conditions knows what I mean. It's impossible to straighten up with out a lot of road to use and I hazard a guess this stretch wasn't salted.
20:31 January 10, 2012 by gudvalsignedig
This is really sad incident. He was my close friend. Last week he got Swedish Driving Licence, before this he had International Driving Licence from Pakistan. Please pray for the family at this tragic moment.

08:12 January 11, 2012 by karex

My sympathies and condolences to you and their family. This is very sad and tragic.
07:32 January 12, 2012 by asifsadiq_17
@gudvalsignedig: dear he was our brother in Pakistan, we are so much worried about their dead bodies. Please help us, we want to get their dead bodies in Pakistan. Please any body help us. Please update us on +923004247437 or +923234855302. i beg to say please give us update.
01:16 January 13, 2012 by mandy97872
dead bodies have been recovered by relatives..... very sad to know i knew all member who died......may their soul rest in peace.....
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