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Two Swedes die in brutal ‘street race’ accident

A high-speed car crash late on Saturday night claimed the lives of two Swedish women from separate cars, in what witnesses have described may have been the result of a street race.

Jenni Larsson, 22, was a passenger in the alleged racecar, which smashed into another vehicle that was crossing an intersection in Östersund, northern Sweden, on Saturday night, reported the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The collision also claimed the life of a 19-year-old Swedish woman who was a passenger in the other car.

Larsson’s fiancé was the first on the scene, discovering Larsson unconscious.

“I was in a car some distance behind. I saw everything, it was brutal,” he told the paper.

Police had earlier been anonymously alerted when a worried driver reported that they had been overtaken dangerously on the highway.

“The person had been overtaken by several cars at very high speed,” said Eva Posner-Storm, of the Östersund police, to the paper.

“We have launched a preliminary investigation into the possibility of aggravated reckless driving and involuntary manslaughter,” said Posner-Storm to Aftonbladet.

The police are yet to speak with the other three passengers who survived the accident.

Meanwhile, Larsson is survived by her four-year-old daughter.

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Who’s behind Lund’s spate of car burnings?

The university town of Lund has seen a spate of car burnings over the last ten days, and police are stumped as to the possible motive.

Who's behind Lund's spate of car burnings?
A burned out car in Lund. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Patrik Isacsson, the local police chief, said that his city was home to few of the angry, marginalized youths associated with past spates of car burnings in troubled districts like Husby and Rinkeby in Stockholm. 
 
“We have none of that sort of social unrest,” he told the Sydsvenskan newspaper. “The police have not antagonized any young guys who might want to then take revenge.” 
 
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Lund has seen eight cars set on fire in the past ten days, with the most recent, an attack on a parked taxi on Norrängavägen in the east of the city, taking place early on Monday morning. 
 
Cars have been set alight across the city, often in locations close to the city centre. 
 
Isacsson said that the police were struggling to get a lead as none of the owners of the burned cars appeared to have any relation with one another. 
 
“We just don't know,” he admitted. 
 
“We are looking at youths in gangs, we're looking at pyromaniacs, we're checking out the people who like to stand and watch when they're burning, and we're looking at people who are mentally unwell and who want to get their frustration out through lighting fires.”
 
It was also possible that the burnings were part of an insurance fraud, Isacsson said, although he admitted this looked unlikely given the apparent lack of connection between the victims. 
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