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ACCIDENT

One dead as double-decker bus crushes car

One person has diead, at least two are seriously injured and as many as eight received lesser injuries when a car and a double-decker bus collided, with the bus pinning the car down as they both skidded off the road.

One dead as double-decker bus crushes car

Emergency services in Piteå, northern Sweden, responded with nine ambulances and one ambulance helicopter when the alarm came in around 12.30pm. They have transported all the injured people to the nearby Piteå älvdals and Sunderby hospitals, reported the TT news agency.

“It was a head on collision,” emergency service coordinator Torbjörn Johansson told TT. The relatively intact bus appears to have pushed the car straight into the forest.

“There isn’t much left of the car,” local photographer Patrik Häggqvist told the tabloid Aftonbladet.

Local media cited reports of the bus catching fire. Aftonbladet reported that the bus driver called emergency services and said her legs were on fire.

The driver, who according to regional newspaper Norrbottens-Kuriren is in her fifties, is now being treated in hospital, despite initial reports that she had been stuck in her seat by the impact of the crash.

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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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