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BREAKING NEWS: Four killed, including three soldiers, and eleven people injured as a train smashes into a military truck in Finland

  • Three conscripts and a civilian died in railway crash in southern Finland
  • A military truck and a rail car collided at a crossing south-west of Helsinki
  • Eleven people were injured in the crash and taken to local hospitals
  • The truck was carrying conscripts in Finland’s national military service

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At least three soldiers and one civilian have been killed in a collision between a rail car and a military truck in the southern part of Finland.

Eleven people were injured in the crash and taken to hospitals in Raseborg, about 53 miles south west of Helsinki, and to the capital.

The MASI military truck was carrying at least 11 national service conscripts when it crashed with a rail car, between Raseborg and Hang?.

Heartbreaking: The wreckage of a military truck lays by the side of the railway tracks after three young soldiers were killed in a crash with a rail car in southern Finland

Heartbreaking: The wreckage of a military truck lays by the side of the railway tracks after three young soldiers were killed in a crash with a rail car in southern Finland

All three soldiers were conscripts in Finland’s mandatory national service, and were taking part in a military exercise in the area.

The fourth victim was a passenger who fell ill on the rail car after the collision.

Finland’s defence minister Jussi Niinisto tweeted that Thursday ‘had started with grim news’ and ‘I feel sorrow’.

Victims: A fourth person died after falling ill on the rail car following the collision on Thursday

Victims: A fourth person died after falling ill on the rail car following the collision on Thursday

Accident: Rescue, military personnel and police officers gather at the railroad crossing, with the wreckage seen to the left, by the track

Accident: Rescue, military personnel and police officers gather at the railroad crossing, with the wreckage seen to the left, by the track

‘Today I have received a heartbreaking message: Three conscripts have died in an accident in Raseborg,’ Gen.

Jarmo Lindberg said in a statement.

Images from the scene showed a slightly damaged train and the wreck of what appears to be a military vehicle in the woods.

The train was standing upright, but it wasn’t immediately clear if it had derailed.

Finnish broadcaster YLE said Niinisto, the defense minister, had ordered flags at all military facilities to fly at half-staff Thursday.

Tragic: It is not yet known what caused the collision that claimed four lives

Tragic: It is not yet known what caused the collision that claimed four lives

Vehicle: The conscripts were travelling in a MASI military truck, pictured

Vehicle: The conscripts were travelling in a MASI military truck, pictured

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto expressed his condolences in a statement, calling it an ‘unfortunate tragedy,’ saying the conscripts were taking part in ‘a task for the motherland.’

Finland has one of the highest conscription rates in the world, with all men over 18 liable to serve a minimum of 165 days.

It is not yet known what caused the collision, but Hufvudstadsbladet[2] reports that 118 people have died in accidents on this type of railway crossings in Finland since 2000.

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Hufvudstadsbladet (www.hbl.fi)



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