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Päivi Räsänen, the minister of the interior. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Päivi Räsänen, the minister of the interior. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

VIROLAHTI – Päivi Räsänen, the minister of the interior, was rushed into the hospital on Monday morning.

Räsänen was on her way to the Vaalimaa border crossing point in southeastern Finland. Räsänen was supposed to acquaint herself in the current situation of border safety.

That was when there was a crash.

The chauffeur of Räsänen’s official state car was driving along the Finnish national road 7, a highway, which runs from Erottaja in Helsinki to the Russian frontier at the Vaalimaa border crossing point in Virolahti.

While on highway 7, at 9:40, another car drove in front of Räsänen from an intersection leading to the small province of Miehikkälä.

The intersection had a give way sign and the driver was supposed to cross the highway.

The road was slippery and covered in slush and Räsänen’s car crashed into the right back corner of the car now in front of her.

Räsänen was sitting in the car on the back seat, on the right side of the chauffeur.

The cars were severely damaged in the crash and they were towed away.

After the accident, Räsänen was rushed into the Kymenlaakso Central Hospital for a check up on her injuries.

The chauffeur and the driver of the other car were rushed into the hospital as well.

Räsänen will be sent to Töölö Hospital later on Monday.

Sonja Falk, the special adviser of minister Räsänen, said that the injuries were not extremely serious and according to Falk Räsänen is “in itself, fine”.

Sources: The police, The Ministry of the Interior

 

Tony Öhberg