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One dead after head-on truck collision

One person died on Wednesday morning when a tanker truck driving in eastern Sweden collided head-on with a van, which went up in flames.

The vehicles met head-on at around 6am, along a road in Alberga, just outside of Eskilstuna, roughly 100 kilometres west of Stockholm.

“According to the witnesses, the driver of the smaller vehicle came onto the wrong side of the road,” Jocke Andersson of the Sörmland police told the Expressen newspaper.

“The bigger vehicle had no possibility of swerving or slowing down,” Andersson added.

After the collision, the van immediately went up in flames, and emergency services arrived on the scene could not save the driver.

The driver of the tanker sustained minor injuries and has been taken to hospital in nearby Västerås.

The road, Highway 56, has been cordoned off and is expected to remain closed for several hours as the vehicles are removed and the road is cleared and cleaned.

Police estimated that it will be several hours before traffic can return to its usual flow.

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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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