Five injured in Sweden as rally car crashes into crowd

Five people were injured in Sweden on Saturday when a rallycross car veered off a racetrack during a race and crashed into a crowd of spectators, police said.

Five injured in Sweden as rally car crashes into crowd
A file photo of a previous rally event in Sweden. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

“There are five injured who have been transported to hospital. Two are reported to be lightly injured, and three seriously injured,” Stockholm police said in a statement.

“The driver of the car is one of the injured.”

The cause of the accident, which occurred at the Ticksta racetrack in Rimbo north of Stockholm, was not immediately known.

So-called “folk racing” is a form of rally popular in the Nordic countries, run with standard, inexpensive cars on special gravel or tarmac tracks of 2.4 kilometres.

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Pro-refugee rally draws 10,000 in Gothenburg

Around 10,000 people gathered in Gothenburg on Wednesday to join a huge pro-refugee protest in Sweden's second largest city. Politicians and musicians took to the stage.

Pro-refugee rally draws 10,000 in Gothenburg
Police estimate that 8,000 to 10,000 people were on hand at the Götaplatsen square in Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg at the a 'Refugees Welcome Göteborg'demonstration.
Social Democrat chairman Mona Sahlin and Education Minister Gustav Fridolin (both pictured below) spoke to the crowd, and musicians performed on stage as well.
“There was a lot of love and humanity on display,” Petra Elf of the green youth organization (Grön Ungdom), which helped organize the event, told the TT news agency. 
The demonstration ended with the crowd lighting hundreds of candles for all the refugees who died on the way to Europe.
The Gothenburg gathering follows a similar event in Stockholm on Sunday, where thousands braved heavy rains to show their support. 
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven was on hand, and gave a rousing speech.
“We need to decide right now what kind of Europe we are going to be. My Europe takes in refugees. My Europe doesn't build walls,” he said in Stockholm.
Stefan Löfven speaks at the Stockholm rally
Löfven on Wednesday called for Sweden’s entire public sector to unite to ensure the swift resettlement of the latest influx of refugees.
All pictures: TT news agency