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Train collides with car at Laihia level crossing, 1 injured

08 Feb 2018, 02:47 ( 08 Feb, 2018) | updated: 08 Feb 2018, 09:33 ( 08 Feb, 2018)

DF Report
Rescuers work at site of a train crash in Raseborg, southern Finland, on Oct. 26, 2017. File Photo Xinhua by Matti Matikainen.

One person was injured when an Intercity train knocked down a private car at an unsupervised level crossing at Laihia on Wednesday afternoon, national broadcaster Yle reported.
The driver of the car, who was alone in the vehicle was taken to the hospital in a critical condition.
The car driver did not notice that the speeding train running at about 100 kilometers per hour was coming from Vaasa and crossing the level at that time.
The train, however, could not be stopped even after using the emergency brakes and hit the car.
The accident caused temporary suspension of railway movement on the tracks and passengers were shifted to bus to reach to the destination.
Train accident at the level crossing has becomes a regular phenomenon in Finland during the recent period.
Four people including three military personnel were killed in an accident that took place when a train collided with a military vehicle near the Town of Tammisaari, some 100km west of Helsinki, at a level crossing on 26 October, 2017. The passenger train was commuting between Karjaa and the port Town of Hanko.
According to the Finnish Transport Agency, at least 27 people have been killed in level crossing accidents in the country since 2013 and all of them took place at crossings where there was no signal light or warning for vehicles about train movement. 
The agency also said that most of the level crossings, 2102 out of the total 2,778, in the country have no signal light.