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ACCIDENT

Man arrested over ice cream truck joyride

A man has been arrested on suspicion of having stolen an ice cream truck and the involuntary manslaughter of a pedestrian outside of Katrineholm in central Sweden on Friday.

Man arrested over ice cream truck joyride

In the get-away, the car thief then hit a person who was standing speaking to a friend by the side of the road near the town of Varbo on route 671.

The ice cream truck had been stolen in Sköldinge, a few kilometres from the scene of the accident.

“A person is reported to have jumped in and taken the vehicle when the ice cream was outside,” said Pontus Bjuring Gerlich at the Västra Sörmland emergency services.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and despite efforts to save the victim’s life, they later died from their injuries.

A few kilometres away, the ice cream truck veered off the road before landing in a field. Two witnesses to the incident then gave the rogue ice cream truck driver a ride back into Sköldinge.

The man is suspected of having then stolen a new car, a Mazda. A police car spotted the stolen Mazda and gave chase.

“Because of the high speed police called off the chase in central Flen,” said Urban Nordqvist at Sörmland county police to the TT news agency.

The arrested man is reported to be familiar to police.

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ACCIDENT

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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