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Swedish Cleaning Lady Steals Commuter Train, Plows it Into Apartment Building: VIDEO


A Swedish woman stole a commuter train and rammed it into the side of a building in a Stockholm suburb, injuring only herself in the process, the AP reports:

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.

Video of the aftermath, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The pic speaks a thousand words.
    The biggest headline in Sweden at the moment is a huge car accident with hundreds of cars involved outside Ă…storp in E4. At the moment three dead and many injured.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 15, 2013 9:54:42 AM

  2. How does one drive a train somewhere the tracks don't go?

    Posted by: Cully | Jan 15, 2013 10:00:38 AM

  3. Even a photo of a disaster looks pretty in Sweden.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 15, 2013 10:02:57 AM

  4. Driving it may not be difficult, but apparently putting on the brakes is a lot more complicated.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 15, 2013 10:10:35 AM

  5. A Scandinavian Winter:

    Intense cold, snow, long dark nights, short bleak days....there's a reason why alcohol consumption is so popular in Sweden and the Nordic countries.


    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 15, 2013 10:11:37 AM

  6. I didn't think dumb things ever happened in Sweden. Oh that's right they have a lot of Muslim immigrants these days.

    Posted by: SOB | Jan 15, 2013 10:15:15 AM

  7. What @CULLY said.

    Posted by: AJ | Jan 15, 2013 10:42:12 AM

  8. Yeah, I'm with Cully and AJ...that story is missing a crucial detail for me...

    Posted by: Michael W. | Jan 15, 2013 11:12:05 AM

  9. @SOB. Well, as long as you don't emigrate there and up the idiot quotient I think they'll be OK.

    Posted by: aron | Jan 15, 2013 11:13:07 AM

  10. @cully, aj and michael, I think it's called derailing ;)

    Posted by: calcifer | Jan 15, 2013 11:17:44 AM

  11. I didn't think that bigots know about what happens in other countries. Oh that's right, @SOB seems to.

    Posted by: Heartsleeved | Jan 15, 2013 11:50:59 AM

  12. @Cully The train derailed at the end of the line. She didn't brake.

    Posted by: J. | Jan 15, 2013 12:12:08 PM

  13. D'OH! Okay. I get it now...for some reason, the headline made it sound (in my head) like she plowed it into the building on purpose, so it made me wonder how she got the train off the tracks. Sorry, I'm an idiot!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Jan 15, 2013 1:53:41 PM

  14. The apartment building is pretty close to the end of the tracks: Convenient if you're trying to get to work in the morning, not so convenient if someone steals a train and rams it through the buffer stop.

    Posted by: Rich | Jan 15, 2013 1:56:56 PM

  15. @Cully: "How does one drive a train somewhere the tracks don't go?"

    Easy - you just go around a curve too fast, or
    over a switch that is set in the wrong direction for the track you are on.

    Railroads have a signaling system similar to traffic lights indicating whether a train should proceed beyond some point or stop. The "cleaning lady" could easily have ignored that, assuming a switch setting resulted in the derailment.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 15, 2013 2:29:59 PM

  16. @ Cully,

    By the time it collided with the building, the train's speed was 80km/h and it(at least, the front part of the train) flew 25 meters to ram into the house, according to Aftonbladet.

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 15, 2013 2:30:06 PM

  17. She needed more Lemon Pledge.

    Posted by: Ruddigore | Jan 15, 2013 3:48:44 PM

  18. I can't even get my cleaning lady to clean the windows.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 15, 2013 5:24:02 PM

  19. Keys to a train. Funny. Practically anyone can walk into a rail yard and board a running locomotive (especially in cold weather - diesels are left running 24/7)and they are not locked. Getting out of the yard is another story.

    Posted by: beef and fur | Jan 15, 2013 10:37:01 PM

  20. It's so hard to find good help!

    Posted by: Tallulah | Jan 15, 2013 11:29:50 PM

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