Woman crashes train into house in Sweden

STOCKHOLM Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:26pm EST

1 of 3. A local train that derailed and crashed into a residential building in Saltsjobaden is seen outside Stockholm in this picture taken by Scanpix Sweden January 15, 2013. According to local media, a spokesman from Arriva, the company that operates the train line, says the train was stolen by a domestic cleaner, who stole the train for unknown reasons. The cleaner was taken to a hospital after the crash. No residents in the building were injured.

Credit: Reuters/Jonas Ekstromer/Scanpix Sweden

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A cleaning lady stole a train and drove it off the end of the tracks and smashed into a house in Sweden on Tuesday, injuring only herself in an incident police are investigating.

It was not clear how the woman, around 20, got access to the key needed to start the train. She was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but the train was carrying no other passengers as it was in the early hours and no one in the house was hurt.

"The cleaner drove the train at high speed, considerably higher than normal on that stretch, to where the rails end and crashed into a house," said Jesper Pettersson, spokesman at Stockholm Public Transport (SL).

The train ploughed past the end of the line and vaulted over a street separating the house from the depot, crashing through a balcony and into a downstairs room in the upscale suburb of Saltsjobaden. SL and police were investigating how she had gained access to the cabin and been able to drive the train.

(Reporting by Anna Ringstrom, editing by Paul Casciato)

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