In Ulvila, near Pori, a motorcyclist was killed in a head-on collision with a car. The accident occurred around 2am on highway 11. Two hours later in Ylöjärvi, outside of Tampere, four young men sustained serious injuries when their car swerved off the road during a sharp turn. The driver was speeding at the time of the accident. All four were rushed to Tampere University Hospital.
In Hanko, one man died on Thursday night when his car hit a tree. Also on Thursday, a passenger car had a close call with a night train at a railroad crossing in Rovaniemi. The car's driver managed to flee the vehicle right before it collided with the oncoming train.
Holiday road traffic is expected to be busiest on Friday between 9am and 2pm, though most Midsummer revellers made their way out of urban centres on Thursday evening.
On Saturday, the Finnish Transport Agency reported very quiet traffic on all the country's roads. Return traffic on Sunday is expected to be less heavy on Sunday as many people have started their annual vacation.