Lerum

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Lerum
Lerums bus station
Lerums bus station
Lerum is located in Sweden
Lerum
Lerum
Coordinates: 57°46′N 12°18′E / 57.767°N 12.300°E / 57.767; 12.300Coordinates: 57°46′N 12°18′E / 57.767°N 12.300°E / 57.767; 12.300
Country Sweden
Province Västergötland
County Västra Götaland County
Municipality Lerum Municipality
Area[1]
 • Total 14.27 km2 (5.51 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 16,855
 • Density 1,181/km2 (3,060/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Lerum is a locality and the seat of Lerum Municipality in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. It had 16,855 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

Overview[edit]

Lerum has a station on the Gothenburg commuter rail system and is a suburb of Gothenburg.

The river of Säveån runs through Lerum municipality. 5 kilometres (3 miles) of it is surrounded by the nature reserve Säveåns Naturreservat, where bridges dating back as far as the 18th century as well as a variety of animal life and beautiful nature can be found.

Lerum Train Crash[edit]

Lerum hit the world's news bulletins on November 16, 1987, when two Intercity trains collided just outside the local station, killing 9 and injuring 140.[2]

A control cable to the trailroad switches had been incorrectly reconnected after being dug up accidentally. When traffic was finally allowed to pass the station, the Gothenburg bound train was switched over to the opposite track where an outbound train was arriving. An off duty trainmaster, reading the paper in one of the locomotives, heard the train driver say "Helvete nu smäller det" (roughly translated: "Hell, now that's a crash"). He managed to open the side door and leap out, the trains collided when he was still in the air and despite doing this at 100 km/h (62 mph) he survived with just a broken foot.

The involved locomotives were RC4 1292 and 1300, they were scrapped on the spot.

Schools[edit]

There are several schools in Lerum. (incomplete list)

Sports[edit]

The following sports clubs are located in Lerum:

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Lerum is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Swedish train crash kills 9
  3. ^ "Aalborg Twin Towns". Europeprize.net. Retrieved 19 August 2013.