Cleaner not at fault for Sweden train crash

A train that derailed and crashed into a residential building in Saltsjobaden is seen outside Stockholm. It was initially thought the train had been stolen and crashed by a cleaner, but prosecutors now say the crash was an accident. REUTERS/Jonas Ekstromer/Scanpix Sweden
A train that derailed and crashed into a residential building in Saltsjobaden is seen outside Stockholm. It was initially thought the train had been stolen and crashed by a cleaner, but prosecutors now say the crash was an accident. REUTERS/Jonas Ekstromer/Scanpix Sweden
The crash of a train into a low-rise apartment building in Sweden this week was an accident and not the fault of a cleaner who was the only person hurt, state prosecutors say.

Swedish police and prosecutors began an investigation into the accident on Tuesday in which a train ploughed past the end of the line at a depot, vaulted a narrow sidestreet and crashed into an apartment block in the upscale Stockholm suburb of Saltsjobaden.

"Several circumstances point now to the fact that the train began moving due to an accident," the state prosecution service said in a statement. "There is no longer anything which indicates that the woman drove the train away on purpose."

The service said it had found serious breaches of security on the train. The woman, who is still in hospital and with whom prosecutors have not been able to speak, was no longer suspected of committing a crime and an order for her detention has been lifted.

Prosecutors began investigating the case as one of endangering the public, but that might now be changed to one of a breach of laws on working conditions, the prosecution service said.

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