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Road Collapse Sends Cars Plummeting

Published torsdag 21 december 2006 kl 12.43

The recent torrential rain in southwestern Sweden almost caused a large loss of life on Wednesday night after a stretch of one of the country’s major roads collapsed , taking cars and trucks with it.

The E6 highway, 440 kilometres southwest of Stockholm, is one of Sweden’s busiest highways and on Wednesday night at around 7 o’clock, a newly built stretch, around 400 metres long, running on an embankment near the town of Munkedal, collapsed. Dozens of cars and trucks fell in a pile of mud and rocks. A rescue worker at the scene said that it was a miracle that noone was killed. Police say that more than 30 people were injured, and 13 people needed hosiptal treatment but none were in a serious condition.

Emergency services said the collapse was caused by the recent downpours in the area. The road is next to the Taske River and thousands of Telia sonera telephone subscribers were cut off as fibre optic cables flew into the river. It’s expected to be some time before the road can be open again with the 15,000 vehicles that use the road, diverted 50 to 60 kilometres along smaller roads.

The landslide also hit a nearby railway line connecting Gothenburg with strömtad. A 300 metre section of track fell into the Taske river. The track lost electricty just after 7 o’clock, just minutes after a train had passed the spot.

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