Police officers stand around a stolen train that derailed and crashed into a residential building in Saltsjobaden outside Stockholm. REUTERS/Jonas Ekstromer/Scanpix
A cleaning lady has stolen a train and driven it off the end
of the tracks and smashed into a house in Sweden, injuring
only herself in an incident police are investigating.
It was not clear how the woman, around 20, got access to the
key needed to start the train. She was taken to hospital with
serious injuries, but the train was carrying no other
passengers as it was in the early hours and no one in the
house was hurt.
"The cleaner drove the train at high speed, considerably
higher than normal on that stretch, to where the rails end
and crashed into a house," said Jesper Pettersson, spokesman
at Stockholm Public Transport (SL).
The train ploughed past the end of the line and vaulted over
a street separating the house from the depot, crashing
through a balcony and into a downstairs room in the upscale
suburb of Saltsjobaden.
SL and police were investigating how she had gained access to
the cabin and been able to drive the train.