20 injured in Stockholm Globe stage collapse

Some 20 people were taken to hospital after a section of stage gave way during a concert at the Globe Arena in Stockholm on Friday evening.

20 injured in Stockholm Globe stage collapse

A young woman is reported to be in a critical condition with a further four people sustaining serious injuries.

“It was constructed audience platform which gave way,” said Marie Lindqvist at Stockholm Globe Arenas.

The stage section collapsed during a concert by DJ Aviccii and the evening’s second concert was cancelled after the accident.

The 20 injured people were taken to Karolinska Hospital in Solna, St. Göran’s Hospital, Karolinska Hospital in Huddinge and Stockholm South General Hospital.

The leader of the medical team, Daniel Ekberg, confirmed that one woman sustained life threatening injuries and four serious injuries. The remaining 15 people sustained minor injuries.

“For example it concerns spinal injuries,” he said.

When the accident occurred there were around 7,000 people inside the arena.

The police have confirmed that they have opened a preliminary investigation into criminal negligence.

Marie Lindkvist said that the concert was completed and that the atmosphere was calm, with all those in need receiving medical attention.

The second concert planned for Friday evening was however cancelled after the accident and it remains unclear what will happen with Saturday’s programme.

Neither the concert organiser or Stockolm Globe Arenas was willing to speculate over possible causes for the accident.

“That will have to be revealed by the police investigation,” said Kalle Pettersson at the promoter STG Live.

The platform which collapsed had been built by an external supplier and had been constructed specifically for this event.

“The firm has followed existing norms and regulations,” Pettersson claimed.

He was unable to specify exactly how many people were on the platform at the time, but underlined that the capacity had not been breached.

The decision to continue the concert was taken in cooperation with the police and arena management.

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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.