Several hurt as sports car hits crowd

Four people have been injured, two seriously after a motorist sitting behind the wheel of a powerful sports car careered into a crowd at a market in Borgholm on the Baltic Sea island of Öland.

Several hurt as sports car hits crowd

The emergency services were called at 2.47pm on Saturday afternoon and five ambulances were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Chaotic scenes greeted the arrival of the emergency services with local restaurant owner Kenneth Sunesson able to describe the commotion.

“I stood in the kitchen when I heard something that sounded like a real ‘burnout’. I went out to see what happened and there was a sports car that had driven into a vegetable stall, which in turn had fallen down onto a ice cream kiosk,” he said.

The car in question is described as “Italian” and was one of several in the vicinity of the square who were revving their engines in chorus.

“It seems as if the driver was parking and that the accelerator was pushed accidentally. When I came out I saw two injured, one on the bonnet and one under the ice cream kiosk.”

The Italian sports cars were part of a larger car meet hosted by the Swedish De Tomaso car club and there were a large number of people on the square to view the vehicles.

The driver in question was reported to have been left shocked by the events. He is reported to be a member of the car club.

“We were showcasing our cars to the public,” said Lasse Uhr, club member and organizer of the meet.

“I have no idea how it happened. I have not had time to talk to the driver, we are all shocked,” he added.

The police were in attendance on Saturday afternoon and the car club was awaiting further instructions as to what to do with the remaining vehicles.

The car involved in the crash had by 5pm been removed for inspection to ascertain the cause 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.