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SALTSJÖBANAN TRAIN CRASH

OFFBEAT

Union mulls suing train operator over crash

A union representing a cleaner wrongly accused of stealing a train and guiding it into a Stockholm house on Tuesday is considering filing legal action against the rail operator.

Union mulls suing train operator over crash

“They have obviously defamed her,” Johnny Nadérus of the Seko union said to the Svenska Dagbladet daily on Sunday.

The cleaner was initially given the blame for the crash in the early hours of Tuesday morning which left a Saltsjöbanan train embedded in the side of a house in the suburb of Saltsjöbaden in eastern Stockholm.

The Local’s images from the scene of the crash

“She was a cleaner. Somehow she managed to get in and steal one of the trains. We’re investigating how it could have happened,” Tomas Hedenius, a spokesman for the rail operator Arriva, told the Aftonbladet daily on Tuesday.

However on Friday investigators confirmed there was no reason to believe that she intentionally drove off in the train.

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.

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

Tomas Hedenius on Friday expressed regret for how the story had developed.

“I made it 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,” Hedenius 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.”

The Seko union intends to take a decision on Monday whether to press charges against Arriva.

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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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