Three tram conductors stabbed in Oslo

Two men have been arrested in connection with the stabbings of three conductors on board an Oslo tram on Thursday morning.

Three tram conductors stabbed in Oslo
Photo: Berit Roald/Scanpix

None of the three transport workers – two men and a woman – was seriously wounded in the attack.

“It was during a routine ticket check on tram number 13 to Jar that three of our employees were knifed,” said Cato Asperud, spokesman for transport firm Ruter.

Police were notified of the attack at Solli Plass by the driver of the tram at 10.30am.

“Three people have been injured, but none of the injuries are serious or life-threatening,” said police investigator Oddleif Sveinungsen to news agency NTB.

Police arrested one suspect as soon as they arrived at the scene. A second man turned himself in at the central police station at 1pm.

 “We don’t know if one or both are responsible for the stabbings. We don’t yet know for certain who did what,” said police investigator Per Olav Utgård.

Police were conducting background checks on the suspects on Thursday afternoon and could not yet say whether they had previous criminal records.

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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