Cleaner steals, crashes train in Sweden

2013-01-15 13:01
Emergency services attend the scene after a derailed train crashed into the side of a residential building in Saltsjobaden outside Stockholm. (Jonas Ekströmer, AP)

Emergency services attend the scene after a derailed train crashed into the side of a residential building in Saltsjobaden outside Stockholm. (Jonas Ekströmer, AP)

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Stockholm - A woman was injured early on Tuesday after she apparently stole a local train and drove it past a barrier into an apartment building east of the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

Tenants of the building were evacuated. One of the train cars was suspended in midair. The woman, who works as a cleaner and was the only person injured, was flown by helicopter to Karolinska University Hospital.

An investigation was underway. Tomas Hedenius of train operator Arriva told broadcaster TV4 that it appeared that the cleaner, who was in her 20s, had stolen the train while it was in a depot. There were no passengers onboard.

The crash occurred at Saltsjobaden, the end station on the local Slussen-Saltsjobaden line. The accident took place around 02:30 (0130 GMT) when no trains operate the line.

Christer G Wennerholm, public transport commissioner at the Stockholm County council, ordered a review of "security routines".

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