Tuesday morning residents in an upscale Stockholm suburb got a rude awakening when an off-track train smashed into the side of an apartment building. The driver of the train was a cleaning lady who'd just stolen it. Officials are still unsure why she stole the train and how the accident happened, says The Local .
According to those on scene, the train -- which typically goes 10 kilometers per hour (6 miles per hour) -- was estimated to be going 70 kilometers per hour (43 miles per hour).
Continue reading for answers to the most common questions regarding this bizarre train heist gone very wrong.
How did the crash occur?
The Associated Press says that the woman, who was in her 20s, stole the train and drove it roughly one mile before it jumped off the tracks. It continued another 30 yards before crashing into the apartment building.
Was anybody injured in the train accident?
The stolen train was a four-car empty commuter, so no passengers were on board, says the AP. The cleaning lady driving the train was serious injured and flown to a Stockholm hospital. Reports say that nobody else was physically injured, including the three families inside of the apartment building.
How did the maid gain access to the train?
At this point, nobody is certain how she obtained keys for the train . Tomas Hedenius, spokesman for train operator Arriva, said that driving trains is not that complicated.
Was the woman arrested?
Even though the Stockholm woman is at the hospital in critical care, she was arrested on suspicion of endangering the public.
How is the community reacting to the event?
The Local reports that Stockholm politicians have already called for stronger security measures. Says Christer G. Wennerholm, a member of the Stockholm County Council's traffic committee, "It shouldn't be possible for unauthorized people to drive our trains."
At this point no other information is available. At the time this was written, the train had yet to be removed from the apartment building.
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