Switzer­land says 6 cit­i­zens killed in Swedish minibus crash

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Switzer­land said six of its cit­i­zens were killed in a road crash of a minibus and a truck in north­ern Swe­den early Satur­day. The For­eign Min­istry in Bern said Sun­day that a Swiss con­sular of­fi­cial was sent to the re­gion to help the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies, but gave no fur­ther de­tails on the deaths.

It said one per­son was in­jured in the crash.

Swedish min­ing com­pany Kau­nis Iron said Satur­day that one of its trucks crashed head-on with an­other ve­hi­cle, a minibus, killing six of the seven pas­sen­gers. The com­pany said the bus had skid­ded to the wrong side of the road be­fore the col­li­sion.

The truck’s driver es­caped un­harmed but was in a se­vere state of shock, Kau­nis Iron said Satur­day.

The Swiss sur­vivor was trans­ported by he­li­copter to a hospi­tal.

The ac­ci­dent took place north of the vil­lage of Ma­sug­ns­byn, in the Kiruna mu­nic­i­pal­ity close to the Kau­nis­vaara iron mine and the bor­der with Fin­land just be­fore 2 a.m. Satur­day. Ac­cord­ing to Swiss news por­tal 20 minuten, the minibus was car­ry­ing a group of Swiss men ages 20-30 who were scout­ing for North­ern Lights, or Aurora Bo­re­alis, in Swe­den’s Arc­tic north.

The por­tal said the most of the tourists were from the Berner Ober­land re­gion south of Bern, the Swiss cap­i­tal, and the group was home­ward bound af­ter a trip of sev­eral weeks that Swedish me­dia said had also in­cluded ski­ing in Nor­way.

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