Safety Debate After Fatal Bus Crash

An accident involving two commuter buses claimed six lives on Tuesday and is Sweden’s deadliest bus crash since January 2006.

As the Swedish Accident Investigation Board carries out its investigation, headlines have now turned to road safety. Seatbelts, tires, road construction and standing room are once more topics on the agenda.

Sweden has suffered five fatal bus accidents with a total of 29 dead since 2001. But still, buses are seen as a safe means of transportation. The risk of being in a fatal car crash is 58 times greater.

TV footage from Tuesday’s scene showed the yellow buses in a snow-covered ditch next to a country road lined with pine trees. One bus was severely damaged, with its left side ripped apart into chunks of mangled metal. Both buses belonged to regional transport authority Upplands Lokaltrafik and were travelling in opposite directions when they collided. 10 ambulances, seven fire trucks and several rescue helicopters were dispatched to the scene. 10 injured passengers are now in stable condition. Some 30 other victims had been admitted to hospital for treatment for shock.

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