Landslide causes large chunk of Swedish motorway to collapse

Shutterstock [for illustration only]

A large chunk of a motorway in southwest Sweden collapsed overnight, causing three people to be taken to hospital with light injuries, police said on Saturday.

The landslide damaged the motorway between Sweden's second-biggest city, Gothenburg and Norway's capital, Oslo, near the small town of Stenungsund, around 50 km north of Gothenburg on Sweden's west coast.

"The hardest hit parts of the landslide area measure around 150 x 100 metres. In total, however, the landslide has affected an area of around 700 x 200 meters," the Gothenburg Rescue Services said in a statement.

The rescue services said the slide affected around ten vehicles, a wooded area, a business area with a gas station and a fast food restaurant.

"A number of people have been helped out of vehicles in the slide area with the help of fire personnel and a helicopter."

Swedish news agency TT reported that several cars and one truck had fallen into holes and cracks caused by the landslide.

A rescue services spokesperson told public broadcaster SVT all people in the vehicles had been helped out.

Police said on their website they had launched a probe into whether work at a nearby construction site may have caused the slide.

"It's still unclear if there is any connection to blasting/work at the site and the landslide," they said. "No person is currently suspected of a crime."

The rescue services said specially trained staff and search dogs would now search the area and that further slides could not be ruled out.

More from International News

On Virgin Radio today

Trending on Virgin Radio

  • Bassem Youssef

    One of the most talked about comedians in the world takes over The Kris Fade Show. Watch the full interview here...

  • ARN News Centre

    Get the latest UAE and world news from our award winning team of journalists. The ARN News Centre is the country's most trusted source of information.

  • Ed Sheeran - UAE EXCLUSIVE

    Latest album, what happened with BTS, raising a baby girl, eye surgery, and more!

  • Middle East Hot 30

    Every weekend Kris Fade plays the biggest tracks in the Middle East. Check out this weeks chart...