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Cleaner in train crash cleared of suspicion

18 Jan 2013, 13:33

Published: 18 Jan 2013 13:33 GMT+01:00

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The incident, which took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning and made headlines around the world, may end up being reclassified as a workplace safety crime.

"There's no longer reason to suspect her of any crime," prosecutor Pär Andersson told the TT news agency.

After searching her home, and speaking with relatives as well as emergency workers in contact with the woman after the crash, investigators concluded there was no longer any reason to believe she intentionally drove off in the train.

Andersson added the investigation revealed a number of "unfortunate circumstances" that allowed the woman to put the train in motion.

"The forensic investigation showed that there were a number of serious safety breaches on the train and where it was parked," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The Local's images from the scene of the crash

The investigation is now instead looking at whether the crash was a crime against Sweden's workplace safety laws in order to assess what responsibility the train operator had in causing the accident.

"If the investigation shows that there were workplace safety violations and there is a connection with what happened, that could be grounds for suspicions that a workplace safety crime has taken place," prosecutor Mats Palm told TT

Both Stockholm public transit operator SL and subcontractor Arriva hinted that the cleaning lady stole the train before crashing it through a barrier at the end of the line.

“I made clear from the beginning that all scenarios were possible. It’s unfortunate that she was depicted as a thief, and I’m truly sad about that," Tomas Hedenius, a spokesman Arriva, told The Local.

"I should have done more to make it clear that there are several possible scenarios. Obviously I didn’t do it enough.”

RELATED PHOTO GALLERY: More images from the scene of the crash

The train came to rest in a small block of flats about 30 metres from the end of the line, where it remains lodged in the ground-floor kitchen of one of the apartments.

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As of Friday afternoon, the removal of the train wreck was still underway.

"We are still planning to remove the train and salvage the house next week. Not much has happened today except the preparation for this," Hedenius told The Local.

The cleaner, meanwhile, remains in serious but stable condition and it remains unclear when she may be well enough to speak with police.

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17:56 January 18, 2013 by aspblom
I have never heard a native English speaker use 'house' as it is used in the article.

house (hous)

n. pl. hous·es (houzz, -sz)


a. A structure serving as a dwelling for one or more persons, especially for a family.

b. A household or family.

2. Something, such as a burrow or shell, that serves as a shelter or habitation for a wild animal.

3. A dwelling for a group of people, such as students or members of a religious community, who live together as a unit: a sorority house.

4. A building that functions as the primary shelter or location of something: a carriage house; the lion house at the zoo.


a. A facility, such as a theater or restaurant, that provides entertainment or food for the public: a movie house; the specialty of the house.

b. The audience or patrons of such an establishment: a full house.


a. A commercial firm: a brokerage house.

b. A publishing company: a house that specializes in cookbooks.

c. A gambling casino.

d. Slang A house of prostitution.

7. A residential college within a university.


a. often House A legislative or deliberative assembly.

b. The hall or chamber in which such an assembly meets.

c. A quorum of such an assembly.

9. often House A family line including ancestors and descendants, especially a royal or noble family: the House of Orange.


a. One of the 12 parts into which the heavens are divided in astrology.

b. The sign of the zodiac indicating the seat or station of a planet in the heavens. Also called mansion.

11. House music.

v. (houz) housed, hous·ing, hous·es


1. To provide living quarters for; lodge: The cottage housed ten students.

2. To shelter, keep, or store in or as if in a house: a library housing rare books.

3. To contain; harbor.

4. To fit into a socket or mortise.

5. Nautical To secure or stow safely.


1. To reside; dwell.

2. To take shelter.

20:30 January 18, 2013 by Flygger
@aspblom zzzzz... zzzzz.. zzzzzz
02:59 January 19, 2013 by muscle
@Flygger +1 Like
13:30 January 19, 2013 by geecee61
@aspblom...well I'm glad we cleared that up!
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