Woman Steals Train, Crashes Into Building In Sweden

A local train that derailed and crashed into a residential building in Saltsjobaden is seen outside Stockholm in this picture taken by Scanpix Sweden January 15, 2013. According to local media, a spokesman from Arriva, the company that operates the train line, says the train was stolen by a domestic cleaner, who stole the train for unknown reasons. The cleaner was taken to a hospital after the crash. No residents in the building were injured. REUTERS/Jonas Ekstromer/Scanpix Sweden (SWEDEN - Tags: SOCIETY TRANSPORT) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN
Imagine sitting in your living room and this train comes crashing! Between who on earth steals a parked train?
A woman stole an empty commuter train from a depot Tuesday and drove it to a suburb of Stockholm where it derailed and slammed into an apartment building, officials said.
The woman was seriously injured in the early morning crash and was flown to a Stockholm hospital, police spokesman Lars Bystrom said. No one else was injured.
Bystrom said the woman was arrested on suspicion of endangering the public.
Tomas Hedenius, a spokesman for train operator Arriva, said the woman, born in 1990, stole the four-car train at a depot outside Stockholm.

She then drove it about a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the end station on the railway line, where it jumped off the tracks, careered for about 30 yards (25 meters) and crashed into a three-story building.
Photographs from the scene showed the crumpled front car of the train buried deep into the structure.
“There were three families inside the apartment building, but no one was injured. At least not physically,” Hedenius said.
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The motives of the woman, who worked for a company contracted to carry out cleaning for the train operator, were not immediately clear.
“We have only heard good things about her. We’re investigating how this could happen, and why she did what she did,” Hedenius said.
He said it’s unclear how she got the keys to the train, but added that driving it is not that complicated.
“Generally speaking that’s possible even if you’re not a train driver,” he said. “You can read about it on the Internet, or observe how others do it.”

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