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Six die in Swedish Midsummer traffic

A total of six people died in traffic accidents in Sweden over the Midsummer weekend, with three people dying Sunday evening in a head on collision on the E10 motorway near Överkalix in the far north.

Six die in Swedish Midsummer traffic

The accident occurred in Svartbyn and according to the Aftonbladet the crash involved two vehicles and occurred at around 5.30pm on Sunday evening.

“The woman is dead and also one person in the other car,” said Erik Johansson of the Norrbotten police.

Confirmation arrived later that a second man had died from his injuries.

The accident brought the total number of fatalities for the notoriously bloody Midsummer weekend to six.

The first fatal accident occurred on Thursday when a 65-year-old woman died from her injuries in a single vehicle accident on the E4 motorway in Mehedby north of Uppsala in central Sweden.

On Saturday a man died when he drove into a ravine in Medelpad in northern Sweden and was left crushed under his minibus.

A 50-year-old died on Sunday evening after driving off the road with his motorcycle near Skamhed south of Vansbro in central Sweden.

A further three people were seriously injured in a truck accident in Gothenburg. the trio – two men and one woman – remain in a critical condition, according to Ulf Lörstad at Västra Götaland police.

The three people were travelling in a truck when the vehicle hit a pillar in the Tingsstad tunnel.

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LIGHTNING

IN PICTURES: Thunderstorms hit trains and roads in southern Sweden

Severe thunderstorms and heavy winds on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning have delayed trains and disrupted road traffic across southern Sweden, according to the Swedish Transport Administration.

IN PICTURES: Thunderstorms hit trains and roads in southern Sweden
A lightning bolt spreads out over the sea at the Scaniabadet swimming area in Malmö on Tuesday night. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
“There was a huge amount of lightening over night and this morning, and that knocked out the power systems,” Katarina Wolfram, a press spokesperson for the Agency told the DN newspaper. “On several stretches, barriers are down at level crossings even though there is no train coming.” 
 
Lightning strikes near the Turning Torso in Malmö's Western Harbour district. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
 
The routes between Hässleholm and Kalmar, Karlskrona and Kalmar, and Värnamo and Alvesta have all been affected.
 
Wolfram said it had been difficult to carry out repairs in the morning as there was still a risk of lightning strikes. 
 
“Lightning and working on electrical faults are not the best combination, so we are not sending out personnel to areas where there are still thunderstorms,” she said. 
 
The administration expects normal traffic to resume after midday. 
 
According to Sweden's state weather forecaster, parts of northern Skåne received as much as 24mm of rainfall on Tuesday night, while a photographer for the TT newswire took spectacular photos of forked lightning in the skies of Malmö.
 
The storm front is now moving north towards Östergötland in central Sweden. 
 
Lightning in the skies above Malmö on Tuesday night. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
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