Swedish teens injured in school bus crash

Several Swedish teenagers were injured in an accident late afternoon on Monday as their school bus was hit by a truck near Borås, central Sweden.

Swedish teens injured in school bus crash

The Expressen newspaper reports that the truck hit the school bus from behind, causing it to skid off the road on route 27 near Tranemo, just south of Borås.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 5.45pm, with no initial reports of serious injuries.

“Many of the teenagers are reportedly in shock but we have no information about anyone being stuck in the bus,” Västra Götaland county police spokesman Björ Blixer told the TT news agency.

On the scene, onlookers reported that several passengers were bloodied by the collision.

“There was a fair number of people covered in blood who seemed to be in shock, but no one seemed badly hurt,” one onlooker told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Police told the paper that two teenagers with serious injuries to the chest and abdomen had been taken to hospital, while there were conflicting reports on how many of the teens had been taken to hospital in total.

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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.