STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A Swedish train conductor was suspended for forcing an 11-year-old girl to get off a train when she was unable to produce a ticket, authorities said Wednesday.
The girl, an immigrant from Africa who speaks little Swedish, was traveling with her older sister, who had the tickets and was using the toilet when the conductor came around, the Swedish news agency TT reported. The girl got off the train in Kumla in central Sweden about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and was not found until 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Mats Nylen, a spokesman for the Orebro police, said a woman who found the girl wandering around alone gave her shelter for the night.
“The woman felt sorry for the girl and let her come home with her. She stayed there overnight,” he said. “When they went out this morning to buy food and a train ticket, they were discovered by the police who were looking for her.”
Dag Rosander, a spokesman for the Swedish national railway SJ, said kicking a child off a train is against policy. He said the conductor will have a hearing “to explain herself.”