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Sweden sees surge in railtrack suicides

Published måndag 22 juli 2013 kl 19.11
Photo Hans T Dahlskog/Scanpix

The number of suicides committed in train traffic has increased by 50 per cent over the past three years despite efforts by the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) to reduce the number of fatal traffic incidents by half by 2020.

Kenneth Svensson, a traffic security analyst at the Transport Administration, says suicide cases is a top concern for the authority.

"We have a target to halve the number of death cases on the railtracks by 2020. That means we have to work very hard on suicide prevention since suicides make up the greatest share of death cases within the railway system," Svensson told the P4 Göteborg radio station.

Some of the methods Svensson mentioned include making the tracks more inaccessible by setting up fences and installing surveillance cameras.

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