Several people have been killed and 11 hospitalized after a train crashed into a military vehicle in the southern part of Finland.

The collision occurred at a level crossing in the southern coastal city of Raseborg, about 85 kilometers southwest of Helsinki, just before am local time, news agency STT and the Defence Forces reported.

“A passenger train from Karis to Hanko collided with a vehicle at the level crossing. There were several people injured,”Railway traffic monitor Reima Roisko said, YLE reports.

The vehicle was a military off-road truck and some of the victims are believed to be soldiers.

Rescue services said 11 people were involved in the incident, but did not give further details about the number of casualties. Local media reports several people were killed in the crash.

Finland’s defense minister, Jussi Niinisto, tweeted that Thursday “had started with grim news,” and “I feel grief.”

The Railway Traffic Centre says the route has been shut down.

Details to follow…

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