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Teenager dies as car rams pedestrians

A 13-year-old boy has died and a further seven people have been injured after a vehicle careered into a group of people walking along a pavement in Malå in northern Sweden on Saturday evening.

According to an eye witness working in the vicinity a small car mounted the pavement and drove straight into the pedestrians walking along Storgatan in the small town.

“The car drove straight into them,” the eyewitness said.

The incident left seven people injured, several of them seriously.

According to Jan Fransson at the emergency services in Måla, all the injured were first transferred to the infirmary at Måla and then on to hospitals in Umeå and Lycksele.

Police confirmed the death of the 13-year-old boy later in the evening.

According to the police the other casualties include two thirteen year-old girls, an 18-year-old and a 43-year-old woman, currently in the care of Lycksele Hospital.

The two girls are seriously injured and are set to be transferred to the University Hospital in Umeå.

In Umeå they will join the remaining casualties – two children aged ten-years-old.

The driver, a man in his 20s, was also injured in the crash.

“It was probably an accident. There are prevailing winter conditions and it was slippery,” said Jan Fransson.

Storgatan is the main thoroughfare through Malå with a speed limit of 50 kilometres per hour.

The parish house in Malå has been opened for relatives and for others with a need to talk over the accident.

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ACCIDENT

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.

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