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Asylum seeker dies in railway crossing accident

Updated lördag 17 januari 2015 kl 15.15
Published lördag 17 januari 2015 kl 12.46
Tre döda i tågolycka i Trehörningsjö
Three people died in a train accident in Trehörningsjö, northern Sweden. Photo: Lennart Sundwall/Swedish Radio.

Three people, including a female asylum seeker, have died after being hit by a freight train at a railway crossing near Örnsköldsvik in northern Sweden, police and emergency services tell news agency TT.

“There was a large number of witnesses,” Håkan Wiberg of the local emergency services said, adding that the municipality crisis management team are at hand to take care of them. The train driver is also being looked after.

The accident happened Saturday morning. According to initial reports, one person pushing a stroller was hit by the train, but the emergency services could not confirm that information.

Local police did not want to comment on reports that children had been killed or wounded. "We are investigating who was involved. We have to identify them before releasing any information," Mats Rasmusson of the Västernorrland regional police told TT.

However, a Swedish Migration Board spokesman confirmed that a woman living at a nearby asylum seekers' home was among the dead. The woman was reportedly hit by the train as she walked across the railway with her two young children. She had recently arrived in Sweden.

Representatives of the Swedish Migration Board are also at hand to look after witnesses, and TT reports that the municipality has called for a crisis meeting.

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