Cleaning lady steals, crashes train

Police officers stand around a stolen train that derailed and crashed into a residential building in Saltsjobaden outside Stockholm. REUTERS/Jonas Ekstromer/Scanpix
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.

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