Sweden: Woman Hijacks Train, Crashes Into Building

By: RTV/CBS
By: RTV/CBS

A local train derailed at high speed at an end station and crashed into a nearby residential building at around 0130 GMT on Tuesday morning (1/15) --2030 EST Monday night-- in the Swedish capital of Stockholm injuring one person.

When the train reached the end station in Saltsjobaden, southeast of Stockholm, it did not slow down and drove through the stop barriers at the end of the track and careered into the nearby building.

The train was driven by a female cleaner who had apparently stolen it from the train depot where she was working. She was seriously injured in the crash and was flown to hospital.

She is under arrest for 'devastation endangering the public'.

Local media said the train, which was empty when the cleaner stole it, had landed in the kitchen on the first floor of the building which houses three separate apartments. The Expressen newspaper is quoted as saying that five residents were sleeping in the building at the time of the accident. None were hurt.

The building is the first stop past the barrier at the end of the station which the train crashed through when it derailed some 164 feet from the station.

The building has been evacuated.


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