Mother and two children killed at railroad crossing
An Afghan asylum seeker and her two children died after being hit by a freight train at a railroad crossing near Örnsköldsvik, northern Sweden.
The barriers were apparently down when the woman stepped out on the crossing on Saturday morning, pushing a double stroller.
The previous day, the family, along with around 30 other asylum seekers, had been moved from an asylum seekers’ residence in Skåne, southern Sweden to a camping and spa site in the small village of Trehörningsjö north of the town Örnsköldsvik, tabloid Aftonbladet reported.
Speaking to Aftonbladet, the manager of the asylum seekers’ residence, Patrick Hollinger, said that the woman was between 30 and 40 years old and that her children were around one and three.
“She couldn’t speak Swedish or English so it was a bit difficult to communicate with her, but she seemed very nice and happy,” Hollinger said.
Speaking to news agency TT shortly after the incident on Saturday, Håkan Wiberg of the local emergency services said that “there was a large number of witnesses” and that the municipality crisis management team were looking after them and the train driver.
Later, a Swedish Migration Board spokesman confirmed that a woman living at a nearby asylum seekers' residence was among the dead. Representatives of the Migration Board were also at hand to look after witnesses, and TT reported that the local municipality called for a crisis meeting.