Three young men were killed early on Saturday when the car they were traveling in swerved off the road in Kalajoki, near Kokkola in north-western Finland. A fourth male passenger was severely injured but survived, police announced.
All four men were from Kalajoki and were born in the 2000s. Detective chief inspector Jan Sormunen from the Oulu police said that the driver was 18 years old, while the three passengers were underage. The deceased driver and one of the deceased passengers were brothers.
The injured teen was admitted to the Oulu University Hospital after the accident. His injuries are unknown and police have yet to question him about the crash.
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Driver lost control, car flipped
Police said that the car had swerved off the Ylivieskantie road, crashed into a traffic barrier drum and careened 50 meters into a ditch, ending up on its roof. The car was speeding at some 150 km/h, on a road with a maximum speed of 100 km/h.
The reason for the accident is not yet known. The Safety Investigation Authority and police are investigating the crash as aggravated traffic endangerment, aggravated manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.
Kalajoki is a small municipality of just 12,000 inhabitants. Local pastor Kari Lauri told tabloid Ilta-Sanomat that a tragedy such as this affects everyone in his parish.
"Something this serious gives us all pause. We are surrounded by sorrow," Lauri said.
The pastor said that the Kalajoki church would be open on Monday and parish employees would be available for counseling concerning the crash. A public service will be held in memory of the deceased on Tuesday or Wednesday, the church said.
Edit: Added information on victims' family relation and the speed of the vehicle.