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Capital area's new tram hits another setback in collision with car

The Raide-Jokeri tram line is scheduled to go into service in about a month.

A photo of a damaged passenger car.
The damaged passenger car was seen parked on the tram line's grassy median in the Pitäjänmäki district. Police confirmed it was the vehicle involved in the incident. Image: Mark B. Odom / Yle News
Yle News

A tram on Helsinki metropolitan area's new 'Raide Jokeri' or tram line 15 collided with a passenger car in Helsinki's Pitäjänmäki district during a test run on Wednesday morning.

The Helsinki Rescue Department told Yle that there are currently no known serious injuries. According to the fire chief, there was one person in the passenger car.

The incident occurred on Pitäjänmäentie near a roundabout that connects to Vihdintie in northeast Helsinki.

Helsinki's new high-speed tram for the Raide Jokeri line at the Vallila depot.
A file photo of the new trams used on the Raide Jokeri line. Image: Petteri Sopanen / Yle

On Tuesday, HSL announced that the new tram will start transporting passengers in a month's time, on 21 October.

The announcement was scheduled last week, but the news conference was cancelled after a tram's derailment in Latokartano, Helsinki.

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