Swedish ice racer dies after high-speed crash

A Swedish ice racing rider has died in hospital after an accident during Wednesday's tournament in the ABB Arena in Västerås in central Sweden.

Swedish ice racer dies after high-speed crash

The racer’s motorcycle slammed into a rail as he guided it round a curve. It is presumed that the bike sustained a puncture, an employee at the stadium told the TT news agency.

The rider lost consciousness during the accident but came to shortly before being transported to hospital by ambulance.

The race night continued and had been completed by the time news filtered through about his death.

“Family members have been informed,” said Per Westling, secretary-general of the Swedish Motorcycle and Snowmobile Federation (SVEMO).

“The riders and team leaders are busy discussing exactly what happened.”

According to Westling, accidents are not a common occurrence in ice racing.

“It does look very dangerous, but often the riders are very talented and very safety conscious.”

Westling claimed that he is not aware of any other fatal accident in the history of ice racing, pointing out that it is the first fatal accident in the sport of motorcycle racing for four years. On that occasion a speedway rider died after a crash, leading to the introduction of an air-filled fence around the tracks.

“When something like this happens it means that we look through the racing regulations again to see if there is anything we can do,” Westling said.

Currently the curves are equipped with protective barriers, but not on the straights.

Ice racing is run under essentially the same rules as speedway with riders using bikes with two gears and no brakes.

The tyres carry steel studs measuring up to 28 millimetres long, which are designed to provide traction on the ice. This means that motorcycles can maintain very high speeds even while travelling round the bends.

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Body found in Oslo flat nine years after death

A man lay dead in his flat for nine years before being discovered in December, police in Oslo have said.

Body found in Oslo flat nine years after death
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The man, who was in his sixties, had been married more than once and also had children, national broadcaster NRK reports.

His name has been kept anonymous. According to neighbours he liked to keep to himself and when they didn’t see him, they thought he had moved or been taken to assisted living.

“Based on the details we have, it is obviously a person who has chosen to have little contact with others,” Grethe Lien Metild, chief of Oslo Police District, told NRK.

His body was discovered when a caretaker for the building he was living in requested police open the apartment so he could carry out his work.

“We have thought it about a lot, my colleagues and people who have worked with this for many years. This is a special case, and it makes us ask questions about how it could happen,” Metild said.

Police believe the man died in April 2011, based on a carton of milk and a letter that were found in his apartment. An autopsy has shown he died of natural causes.

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His pension was suspended in 2018 when the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) could not get in touch with him, but his bills were still paid out of his bank account and suspended pension fund.

Arne Krokan, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said the man’s death would have unlikely gone unnoticed for so long if he had died 30 years ago.

“In a way, it is the price we have paid to get digital services,” he said to NRK.

Last year 27 people were found in Oslo, Asker or Bærum seven days or more after dying. The year before the number was 32 people. Of these, one was dead for almost seven months before being discovered.