Four killed in Finland train crash

 26 Oct 2017 - 12:17

Four killed in Finland train crash
Passengers walk near the railroad crossing at the site of a crash between a train and a military truck on October 26, 2017 near Raseborg, southern Finland. / AFP.


Helsinki: Four people including three soldiers were killed when a train crashed into an army truck in southwestern Finland on Thursday.

The army said on its website that three conscripts died and another four were injured in the accident in the Raseborg area at around 8 am (0500 GMT).

Police said on Twitter that one train passenger had also died and many more were injured.

Local media reported that the army vehicle, which was left a tangled wreck in a snow-covered forest, was taking part in a military excercise at the time.

Eleven people were taken to two hospitals in the region, Finnish news agency STT said. 

In Finland, the last serious accident was in 1998 when a train travelling at more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour derailed in Jyvaskyla in central Finland, killing 11 people and injuring 39.