A cleaning woman in Sweden kidnapped a four-car train and crashed it at high speed into an apartment building. The woman stole the train from a train depot and drove it to a suburb outside of Stockholm where it derailed and crashed into an apartment building, reported AP on Jan. 15, 2013.
The empty commuter train that was kidnapped on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, and ended up crashing into the apartment building was stationed at a depot outside of Stockholm, according to Tomas Hedenius, a spokesperson for train operator Arriva.
After the cleaning woman had gotten a hold of the keys for the train, she kidnapped the train and drove it about a mile before it jumped off the tracks. The kidnapped train raced for about 30 yards until it crashed into a three-story residential apartment building in Saltsjobaden outside of Stockholm.
Even though the train crashed directly into the apartment building, none of the members of the three families who lived inside the apartment building were hurt physically by the train crash. However, the emotional impact that a train has that crashes into your apartment living room or kitchen has yet to be determined.
The female train kidnapper, however, was seriously injured during the early morning train crash and had to be taken to a hospital in Stockholm. She is said to be in in her early twenties.
“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'," said Tomas Hedenius.
The above video might just have the right answer. “Why wait for a train to come if one is right there?”
While it is uncertain how the woman who kidnapped and crashed the four-car train into the apartment building got the keys to the train, Tomas Hedenius explained that driving the train itself was “not that complicated. … Generally speaking that's possible even if you're not a train driver. … You can read about it on the Internet, or observe how others do it."
As of Wednesday, the woman who crashed the train into the apartment building has been “arrested on suspicion of endangering the public,” said a police spokesperson.