According to initial reports, the collision occurred in Sodankylä in northern Finland around 5.30 pm on Saturday, when for unknown reasons, a passenger car swerved into the path of an oncoming bus.
The driver of the car, which had Lithuanian plates, was killed in the accident and a woman travelling in the same vehicle was seriously injured. Both occupants of the car were reportedly foreigners, however on Saturday police said they had not yet established their nationality. Officers said that the man died instantly and that they suspect that he was the owner of the vehicle.
At the time of the accident, the bus was carrying 25 passengers, 20 of whom were children. Police said that none of the children suffered any injuries; however the bus driver and another adult were taken to the Lapland central hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred on Highway four just 40 kilometres north of Sodankylä. The bus was northward bound and the car was travelling from the direction of Inari on a straight road. Weather and driving conditions at the time of the crash were said to be poor, with thick sleet creating slushy road conditions.