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SALTSJÖBANAN TRAIN CRASH

OFFBEAT

Train cleaner on the road to recovery

The train cleaner who crashed into a Stockholm house last week has finally managed to communicate with her family, as her union considers filing legal action against the train operator.

Train cleaner on the road to recovery

“She’s on the road to recovery, in a kind of half-wake condition. It’s a huge relief, of course,” the woman’s father told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The 22-year-old cleaner was initially blamed 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

Since, a media storm has arisen as companies responsible have scrambled upon realizing the incident may have been an accident.

“In some senses, it’s lucky my daughter wasn’t conscious during this period,” the father said.

“We can communicate a little, back and forth, on her condition. She hasn’t spoken about the accident and I don’t think she really understands what has happened yet. We’re letting her set the pace.”

While he claimed to initially have felt “annoyed” by the portrayal of his daughter as a thief by media, the father has changed tracks as the story has settled,

“I’ve thought over it and understand that you did your job and reported what SL said,” he told Aftonbladet.

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

“The mistake is more theirs, even if I wish the media could have been clearer that SL wasn’t entirely clear about what happened.”

The Seko union which is representing the cleaner intends to make a decision on Monday whether to press charges against rail operator 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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