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One dead and 60 to hospital after crash

One person died and over 60 people were taken to hospital on Monday after a series of traffic accidents in central Sweden, one of which involved a school bus and a tanker truck.

One dead and 60 to hospital after crash

The crashes occurred outside of Örebro, central Sweden, on the E20 highway, and began when a school bus, a tourist coach, and a tanker truck rear-ended one another. One of the buses in the accident was carrying school children on a study trip to Stockholm from Skara.

“Many people started screaming and I wondered what happened,” 16-year-old Emelie Johannesson, who was half asleep at the time, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

As traffic continued to stretch out along the highway, another two accidents were reported, one of which involved a fatality.

IN PICTURES: See the damage from the Örebro crash

Around 60 people were taken to the Örebro University Hospital, which declared a state of crisis and had to clear its emergency room to take in more patients.

“This means that we are working with redirecting all conceivable resources in the hospital so we can take in all the patients,” hospital spokeswoman Ulrika Julin told the TT news agency.

Up to ten people were reported to be seriously injured, although no one has sustained injuries that were deemed life threatening.

Other motorists, meanwhile, saw long queues as an emergency team cleared the highway of debris.

This story has been updated

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Six arrested over break-in at Sweden’s Örebro Airport

Six people have been arrested following a break-in at Örebro Airport on Saturday night.

Six arrested over break-in at Sweden’s Örebro Airport
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The alarm was raised just after midnight after both security staff and members of the public observed suspicious activity at the airport, which is served regularly by charter passenger flights and is Sweden's fourth-largest hub for cargo.

“Our patrols arrived just after the suspects had climbed out of one of the aircraft, which they had broken into,” Stefan Dangardt, police press officer in the Bergslagen region, told TT.

The people, four young men and two young women, have been questioned by police. They are suspected of serious theft as well as violation of public security laws, which forbid unauthorised access to sensitive areas such as airports.

Details of what they are suspected of stealing are unclear.

“This is far from terror or sabotage. It’s about youthful stupidity,” Dangardt said.

Five of the suspects were later released and one person remained under arrest. All six remain under suspicion of breaking the law.

READ ALSO: Police investigate 'sabotage' at Swedish airport

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