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Cleaner in train crash ‘remembers nothing’

The cleaner who was onboard a commuter train that crashed into a house in suburban Stockholm last week claims not to remember anything about the incident.

Cleaner in train crash 'remembers nothing'

On Wednesday, police had their first opportunity to speak with the 22-year-old cleaning woman, who has been recuperating in hospital since the January 15th incident, which left the train lodged in a house in the upscale suburb of Saltsjöbaden.

However, the first interview failed to shed any light on how the train may have started, with the cleaner telling police she has no recollection of what happened, TV4 news reported.

RELATED PHOTO GALLERY: The Local’s images from the scene of the crash

Police spokesman Lars Byström refused to divulge what the cleaner may have said.

“We held an interview with her today. But it would be inappropriate if I were to comment on what was said,” he told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The cleaner was initially given the blame for the crash, with both Stockholm public transit operator SL and subcontractor Arriva accusing her of having stolen the train.

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

Both organizations have since apologized for unfairly portraying the cleaner as responsible for the incident, but the union representing her has said it is nevertheless considering filing a lawsuit over the matter.

Prosecutors investigating the incident have also uncovered a number of possible workplace safety violations which may have contributed to setting the train in motion.

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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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