a road with a bent guardrail
File photo of a road between Surahammar and Fagersta where three people died in a crash in 2017. Credit: Erik Simander/TT

Fatal traffic collisions reach a nine-year high

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The number of people who died in traffic accidents has gone up, according to preliminary figures that show 325 fatalities in 2018.

That's the highest in 9 years. The number has also gone up a lot compared to 2017, when 72 fewer people died in accidents. The statistics include deaths due to motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, and they also include when pedestrians are killed in crashes.

Karin Bengtsson, a statistician at the Swedish Transport Agency, calls the development alarming but tells Radio Sweden that further analysis is needed in order to understand the reason for the rise. 

In 2017, drugs or alcohol were linked to a third of fatal road accidents.

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