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Second woman stuck in Stockholm escalator

A woman was rushed to hospital after her foot got caught in a damaged escalator at a Stockholm subway stop. Hers is the second high profile accident of its kind in 2015.

Second woman stuck in Stockholm escalator
The escalator was closed for the day following the accident. Photo: TT
The woman got hurt at Universitetet subway station in northern Stockholm during the morning rush hour, as her foot became stuck in one of the stairs.
 
A picture published in the Aftonbladet newspaper appears to show that the accident occurred at the top of the escalator. 
 
“I think her foot went all the way in,” one witness told the paper. 
 
“There were a few of us who helped pull her out and then we called the ambulance immediately. She was really screaming and looked to be in a lot of pain.”
 
The extent of the woman's injuries remain unknown. 
 

Photo: TT
 
Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL)  which operates Stockholm's subway, closed down the escalator, and are yet to reveal exactly what went wrong. 
 
“It's unfortunate that someone had hurt themselves like this…and we are trying to ind out exactly what happened,” SL spokesman Christoffer Hoffmann told the TT news agency. 
 
“But after the accident earlier this year we have tightened our routines when it comes to the escalators.”
 
In February, a 70-year-old woman was seriously injured after a similar fall, this time at the Östermalmstorg stop. She was trapped for 90 minutes with what turned out to be a broken leg. 
 
Almost 40 escalators were then closed down across the Swedish capital while staff carried out investigations and maintenance work.
 
Thursday's accident comes after promises from SL that the Stockholm escalators were fixed. 
 
“Our manufacturers have installed beams with special sensors under all the steps. So if one step comes off, like when the accident happened, it cannot fall down. It stops after a couple of millimetres and pushes the ledge so that the escalator stops immediately,” Suss Forssman Thullberg, communications director of SL, told Swedish Radio in March.

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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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