Cause of fatal bus crash still unknown
The cause of the bus accident in Härjedalen on Sunday, which killed three teenagers, remains unclear. Several probes into the deadly event have been launched by Swedish authorities.
The driver of the bus stated on Sunday that he lost control of the bus due to potholes in the road, and the Swedish Transport Administration has an investigation underway.
Lennart Helsing, press spokesperson at the Transport Administration, did not want to give any comments on the state of the road in question, the E45 near Sveg in the Härjedalen county.
“That would be speculation of sorts about what could be linked to this particular accident, so I’ll have to decline to comment,” Helsing told Swedish Radio. “We’re going through most details to get a total picture of why this happened,” he said.
The police are carrying out a technical investigation of the scene of the accident, and have launched a criminal investigation on account of reckless driving, causing another’s death, and causing another’s injury. There are no suspects as yet, however.
Meanwhile the condition of a teenage girl, who is still being treated at the Uppsala University Hospital, deteriorated on Monday. Her injuries were described as life-threatening.
The bus was carrying school children from Ängskolan in the Mark municipality in south-west Sweden. They had been travelling all night, and had nearly reached their destination, a ski resort in Jämtland, when the crash occurred.
In Mark, friends and relatives of the victims gathered at the school on Monday morning, with counsellors and church staff present. A memorial has been established on the school grounds, where friends and relatives of the victims have left candles and flowers.