Bussolyckan i Tranemo. Foto: Peter Elvemo/P4 Sjuhärad
The accident site. Photo: Peter Elvemo/Swedish Radio.

Bus driver "suffered massive stroke"

The sister of a driver who lost control over a tourist bus taking nearly 60 Swedes to a Danish Christmas market has spoken out, saying her brother had a massive stroke.

The bus driver, a man in his seventies, died Friday night from injuries sustained in the crash.

”My brother had a major cerebral hemorrhage and that is why the accident happened,” the sister, called Yvonne, told local newspaper Expressen/GT in an effort to end speculations about the dramatic accident.

“My brother cannot be held responsible. Had he known he would have a stroke, he would never have gotten into the bus. Everybody always wants to find someone to blame, but this time that’s not possible,” the sister said.

The bus set out early Thursday morning, picking up a total of 57 passengers from different towns in western Sweden. They were headed for Copenhagen, Denmark for Christmas shopping and were due to return the same evening. Scores were injured in the crash and one woman, 45, died on the scene.

The driver was taken to Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska hospital, where he died late Friday night.

The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority examined the crash site Friday and said it would determine in the coming week whether or not an investigation should be launched.

As of Sunday morning, there had been no official explanation as to why the accident occurred.

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