Five British men were killed when their car broke through a barrier and plunged into a canal near Stockholm.
Stockholm Police spokesman Martin Bergholm said that the accident on Saturday afternoon occurred when the men’s rental car crashed through a barrier that was closed to stop vehicles as a drawbridge was opening up ahead. The victims were British and aged between 20 and 35, he said. He did not further identify them or give other details, saying it was not a police matter.
Police did not know the reason for the accident and were still investigating, Bergholm said, adding that it was getting dark and the road was slippery.
“There were no brake marks on the road and it’s very difficult to say how fast the car was going at the time,” Bergholm said, adding that an eye witness — a truck driver who had stopped at the barrier — estimated the speed at between 70-80 kph (43-50 mph).
The accident occurred on the E4 highway in Stockholm’s Sodertalje district.