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Slippery road conditions cause wave of accidents

Published tisdag 5 januari 2016 kl 15.18
"Important to adjust the speed"
(2:05 min)
On the ring road around Malmö on Tuesday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
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On the ring road around Malmö on Tuesday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Icy roads. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix / TT
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Difficult road conditions in southern Sweden. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix / TT
Spreading a salt mixture to melt the snow and ice. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT
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Spreading a salt mixture to melt the snow and ice. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT

There is ice on the roads all over the country, and over 20 accidents have taken place in Skåne in southern Sweden. Police encourage people to take extra precautions due to the road conditions.

Parts of a lorry was placed across the Malmö ring road about lunchtime on Tuesday, after the vehicle slipped off the E6 motorway. And Malmö city buses were cancelled until 1 pm due to the extremely slippery roads. Swedish Radio's channel in south Sweden reported that between 20 and 30 accidents occurred in Skåne before lunchtime. None of them are reported to have been serious.

The Swedish Transport Administration is in charge of maintaining bigger roads in the country. When the temperatures are down to 6-7 degrees Celsius below zero they put a kind of salt mixture on the roads to try to melt the snow and ice, but as things have been this morning, the new snow that is coming ends up diluting the effects of the salt, says Bodil Sonesson, press spokesperson at the Transport Administration.

"If the snow keeps on coming, the effect of the salt vanishes after some time and you have to drive once more with salt and the kilometres of road are very vast in Sweden, so the salt lorries they drive as much as they can to make the conditions best as possible," Sonesson tells Radio Sweden. "But it is very important that each and every one that drives a car adjusts the speed and the way they drive to the weather conditions. It is winter and maybe some of the drivers in the southern parts have gotten a little bit unused to it, due to the last couple of winters being quite warm."

Meanwhile, in the north of Sweden, where people are more accustomed to wintery conditions, a new record temperature has been reached.

The national capital in terms of cold spells Nikkaloukta in Norrbotten county measured 34,8 degrees Celsius below zero on Tuesday morning. Not the coldest ever, but the coldest temperature measured so far this season.

In December 2013, thermometers in Nikkaloukta measured minus 40,8 degrees.

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