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Man dead after train collides with car in southern Sweden

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Man dead after train collides with car in southern Sweden
The accident took place in southwestern Sweden. File photo of a train travelling the same route: Johan Nilsson / TT
12:15 CET+01:00
A man was reported dead after a train collided with his car at a railway crossing in southern Sweden on Wednesday.

The man, aged in his 30s, was taken to hospital after the crash on Wednesday morning but later died in hospital, a spokesperson for the Kalmar region told the TT news agency.

A police press spokesperson had earlier said that the man was the only person in the car. She also said that there had been no injuries to passengers on the train involved in the crash, who were able to leave the scene by bus.

The collision took place at a railway crossing near Kolsebro, southeastern Sweden shortly before 11am.

A map with the approximate location of the accident marked in red. Image: Google Maps

It is the third time in just two months that a train has collided with a private car at an unguarded crossing along the same route. A similar incident on January 19th also caused the death of one person, and another collision took place on December 29th.

"The Swedish Transport Administration has far too many unguarded railway crossings. Work hasn't been done to close these crossings in the way that's needed," Karl-Johan Bodell, transport director at Kalmar County Traffic (KLT) told TT. 

He said there were around two "nasty" collisions on the route each year, and that KLT had been working to address the issue for several years.

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