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Two dead after violent crash with police car

The Local · 29 Oct 2012, 07:55

Published: 29 Oct 2012 07:55 GMT+01:00

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The accident occurred around 11pm in Strängnäs, about 50 kilometres west of Stockholm, when the young pair’s car hit a police vehicle head-on.

“There was ice on the road. The cars have approached from opposite directions and one car has slid,” explained Mårten Eskilsson of the Eskilstuna and Strängnäs emergency services to the Expressen newspaper.

A 26-year-old woman from Strängnäs and 28-year-old man from Linköping died in the crash.

“The car caught fire and two people died, but we don’t know yet whether it was the collision or the fire that caused their death,” said Mikael Thörn of the local police.

The police officers had minor injuries and were taken to hospital.

“They were conscious when the emergency services arrived on the scene. They are shocked, of course, but it appears as if their injuries are minor,” Thörn told the paper.

The two victims of the accident are reported to have lost control of their car on the slippery road, skidding onto the opposite side of the street and colliding with the police car.

The officers, who were on their way back to the station to finish their shift, were unable to avoid the oncoming car as they were passing under a bridge.

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“It’s sad when this happens. Everyone at the police station finds it tough,” said Thörn to the paper.

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Your comments about this article

08:37 October 29, 2012 by rise
Rest in peace! How pointless when so young. :(

If the environmental activists gets as they want - banning studded winter tires - more people WILL die. A studded tire is the ONLY tire of any use at all on pure ice.
08:54 October 29, 2012 by eppie

Environmentalists? what are you talking about man?

Driving around with studded tires give people lungcancer.

Normal winter tires are good for most conditions. If everybody in Norrland wants to use studded tires that is fine for me but in and around the big cities they should be banned, especially when 4 months the roads are snow free.
09:34 October 29, 2012 by rise
"...in and around the big cities they should be banned, especially when 4 months the roads are snow free."

They already ARE banned between april 16 and to the last of september! YOU drive on pure ice, throw in some rain on it as well, with non-studded tires and we'll see how far you'll come. Very many people in Sweden are in NEED of the car, they simply don't have any other option of transport.
09:40 October 29, 2012 by Mina08
Norway gets more snow and ice, has more mountain roads, and dub tyres are banned, go figure.
09:54 October 29, 2012 by rise
@ Mina08

So the debate is going to be based upon lies, is it? Studded tires is NOT banned in Norway but allowed between 1 november and 15 april. In Nordland, Troms and Finnmark you're allowed to use studded tires already from 15 oktober to 1 may.
11:02 October 29, 2012 by Rishonim
Very tragic accident. Condolences to their families. Yet I must say the chain of event sounds fishy to me. I think there is more to the story and they police are withholding some information. I have seeing Sverige police endanger the lives of people just to chase after some kid driving 20 kilometres above the speed limit. There is something with the Swedish police that compel them to chase full speed after a motorist, yet these same hight on testosterone police shy away from hardcore criminals.
18:38 October 29, 2012 by johan rebel
Icy roads do not cause accident,drivers who fail to adapt to prevailing conditions do.
21:06 October 29, 2012 by Hisingen
""#7 by johan rebel Icy roads do not cause accident,drivers who fail to adapt to prevailing conditions do.""

So true, whether they have studded tyres or not.

Of the accident, speed as such is not mentioned in the article, but it appears to have taken place on the police car's side of the road, and the police were not chasing anyone, but on their way back to base.

There is no mention of whether the road is straight or not, nor whether either car was equipped with winter wheels, so one must, on the face of it, say on here that it just looks like a tragic accident with no recriminations on anyone without further evidence.
23:49 October 29, 2012 by rebelart.se

always sad to hear young people losing their lives......

oh i do not trust the swedish police they are totally irresponsible
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