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Fatal accident in Midsummer traffic

Updated fredag 21 juni 2013 kl 16.59
Published fredag 21 juni 2013 kl 10.20
Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix

The long Midsummer weekend is one of the worst for traffic and traffic accidents in Sweden. Thursday evening a woman died in a single vehicle accident on the E4 highway near Gävle. There were lengthy delays afterwards on the E4 between Uppsala and Gävle.

On Friday morning three cars collided on the E4 highway in Huddinge, just south of Stockholm. According to the police 10 people were involved, and one was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with minor injuries. There were delays along that stretch of the E4 for about half an hour, as only one lane was open.

A 45 year old man was seriously injured in a traffic accident outside Överkalix in northern Sweden early Friday morning. A helicopter ambulance was sent, but was unable to land because of fog, so he was taken by an ordinary ambulance to the intensive care unit at Gällivare hospital.

Other accidents have been reported south of Lund and on the island of Gotland.

Otherwise, the TT news agency reports that traffic around Sweden has flowed relatively well. The Thursday and Sunday of the Midsummer weekend are the most dangerous of the year for traffic, as so many cars are the road. High speeds and drunk driving also contribute to the accident rate.

Swedish Radio News reports that every year an average of seven people die in accidents and nearly 300 are injured during the holiday weekend.

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