A Swedish cleaning lady stole a commuter train and then collided with a three-story apartment building early Tuesday morning.
The unidentified woman took the empty train from a depot and maneuvered it into a suburb of Stockholm, where it derailed and smacked into the building. The woman was seriously injured, The Associated Press reported. She was flown by helicopter to a Stockholm hospital, said police spokesman Lars Bystrom.
There were no other injuries, though three families were inside the building.
The 20-something woman seized the train around 3 a.m. and managed to drive it about a mile toward the city. When it reached the end of the rail line, it jumped off the tracks and plowed 30 yards before hitting three-story structure.
"The train usually goes at about 10 kilometers an hour (about 6 mph) in this area, but we estimate that she was going at about 70 kilometres per hour (about 45 mph)," city official Jesper Pettersson told the Swedish publication The Local.
The woman worked for a company contracted to carry out cleaning duties aboard the train. Her motives are not yet clear.
"We have only heard good things about her. We're investigating how this could happen, and why she did what she did," Tomas Hedenius, a spokesman for train operator Arriva, told the AP.
Swedish officials have no good explanation for how she was able to find the keys to the four-car passenger train and get it moving. The incident was characterized by Arriva, a subcontractor under the Swedish public transport system Storstockholms Lokaltrafik, as theft.
"We still don’t know why she was in the driver’s seat or whether the incident was an accident. There’s a police investigation underway and we’re waiting for them for clarification," Pettersson said.
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