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At least 5 die in road crashes, motorists warned of hazardous conditions

The Finnish Meteorological Institute warns of poor driving conditions across southern Finland until Sunday afternoon.

Driving conditions have been hazardous in large swaths of southern and western Finland due to snowfall (file photo). Image: Otso Karhu / Yle
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At least five people died in traffic accidents late Saturday and early Sunday as snow moved into southern Finland.

Around 11pm Saturday, Southwest Finland Emergency Services were called to extinguish a vehicle fire on Hannunkatu in Loimaa, some 70 km from Turku. At the scene, the firefighting personnel found a car that had driven off the road and caught fire.

Several hours later, the Southwestern Finland Police Department tweeted that the crash that claimed the lives of two people. The police said they were investigating the cause of the accident.

On Sunday afternoon authorities said that two young adults died in the crash.

The police are investigating the incident as gross endangerment of traffic safety and gross negligence.

According to police, the car was apparently travelling at high speed when it crashed into the wall of a warehouse and caught fire.

Motorhome struck in Kouvola

Shortly after midnight, rescue services in southeast Finland, received an alert about a collision between a motorhome and a car in Kouvola.

The vehicles collided on Highway 6 near Teuroinen, police said, adding that the passenger car struck the mobile home from behind.

"As a result of the collision, both vehicles slid off the road and caught fire. The driver of the car died at the scene. The motorhome driver was not injured. There were no passengers in the vehicles," police said in a statement.

The crash is being investigated as a case of aggravated endangerment of traffic safety.

Fatal head-on collision in Lapland

In Finnish Lapland, two middle-aged men died in a head-on crash on Saturday afternoon. The cars collided about 4km from Pello on the road leading to the provincial capital, Rovaniemi.

Police said that driving conditions were poor in the area at the time, but that the cause of the accident was not immediately clear. The two drivers, both born in the 1960s, died on the scene. A passenger in one of the cars was taken to Oulu University Hospital.

Driving conditions have been hazardous in large swaths of southern and western Finland due to snowfall.

On Sunday, the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) warns of poor driving conditions across southern Finland until around 2pm. 

The traffic alert covers the regions of Southwest Finland, Satakunta, Uusimaa, Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme and Kymenlaakso.

On Sunday afternoon, accidents were reported in Kerava, Lempäälä and Kuusamo.

13.35: Added details of Loimaa crash, other accidents.

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