One dead as road accidents mar Easter

A man died and another was seriously injured in separate road accidents in western Sweden on Saturday.

The man died of his injuries sustained in a crash as his car careered into a ditch near Tråvad in Vara in western Sweden on Saturday evening.

The cause of the accident has yet to be established. Police confirmed that the deceased man was driving a Finnish-registered vehicle.

Another man sustained serious head injuries in a single-vehicle accident in Skepplanda in Ale municipality near Gothenburg on Saturday night.

The driver was found outside the car after the accident and was taken by ambulance to Sahlgrenska Hospital in Gothenburg where he is being treated for injuries.

Six people were taken to hospital after two cars collided in Kalmar in southern Sweden shortly after 1am on Sunday morning.

Police have confirmed that the accident occurred on the E22 motorway close to the Berga exit in the vicinity of the Guldfågeln arena.

A total of eight people were travelling in the cars involved in the accident although media reports indicate that none of the parties had sustained serious injuries.

The cause of the accident remained unclear on Sunday morning and an investigation will be conducted on Sunday.

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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.