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SALTSJÖBANAN TRAIN CRASH

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Crashed train removed from Stockholm house

Two cranes and a crowd of curious onlookers were on hand on Monday as crews successfully removed a train car that had been lodged in a house in the Stockholm suburb of Saltsjöbaden after crashing into the building nearly two weeks ago.

Crashed train removed from Stockholm house

“Everything went well. The house is still standing,” Tomas Hedelius, spokesman for rail operator subcontractor Arriva, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The lead car of the train ended up in the kitchen and living room of a ground-floor apartment in the early hours of January 15th after the runaway train ran through a barrier at the end of the Saltsjöbanan commuter rail line.

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Initial reports indicated that a 22-year-old cleaner onboard at the time had stolen the train, but investigators have since concluded the woman likely set the train in motion by accident.

Engineers and rail officials have puzzled over how exactly to extract the remaining train car from the building without causing it to collapse.

After days of preparations, crews fastened five tow lines to the wagon, with two extending to each of the two cranes, and the fifth attached to a tractor.

As a crowd of bystanders and reporters looked on, the damaged car was lifted into the air and slowly dragged out of the building.

After being suspended in mid-air for a few minutes, the car then came to rest on the ground a short distance away from the building.

According to Hedelius, the train car will now be examined by forensic experts from the police and accident investigation officials in an attempt to determine what may have caused the train to be set in motion and reach an estimated 70 km/h before jumping the tracks at the end of the line.

The cleaner injured in the incident remains in hospital. In her first interview with police, she said last week she has no recollection of the crash.

Police and prosecutors continue to investigate the incident, which made headlines around the world, as a possible workplace safety crime.

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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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