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Traffic was re-routed for several hours after the accident. Photo: John Hall.
Traffic was re-routed for several hours after the accident. Photo: John Hall.

Heavy snowfall causes bad road conditions

Road conditions are bad in many parts of the country after sustained snowfall on Wednesday. One man died in a complicated road accident just north of Örebro.

The accident on route 50 north by Mogetorp outside Örebro followed a previous accident, where one car had slid off the slush-filled road. Police and rescue services were at the scene, when two lorries, coming from opposite directions, collided with each-other head on, and then dragged a fire engine and an ambulance into the ditch.

According to Aftonbladet, the two lorry drivers had to be cut loose. One of them died from his injuries, the other one is in a serious condition. A total of four people were taken to hospital from the scene. Several hundred litres of diesel are suspected to have leaked out of the vehicles, and after taking care of the injured, the emergency services have been working to limit the damage on the environment.

It is unclear how much the weather affected the accident, but the road is in one of the areas, where the Swedish weather service has issued a class-1 warning. It covers Östergötland, Sörmland, Västmanland, Stockholm och Örebro counties. A class-1 warning is the lowest on a three-graded scale. It means the possible suspension of some public services.

Snowfall is expected to continue into Thursday and meteorologists warned for bad road conditions.

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