Offender accuses police of thoughtlessness
The police resorted to ramming tactics while in pursuit of a couple on a speeding motorcycle that tried to outrun the patrol car the night before Saturday. Driver Andre Rider described the police's conduct as dangerous on social media.
24.04.2017, Hanneli RudiPM
52 tons of chemical leaked from railway tank cars
It has been determined by now that 51.9 tons of chemicals leaked from two railway tank cars on Monday evening in northeastern Estonia.
Middle-aged women hit by a cut tree
A 53-year-old woman lost her life in Võru county on Tuesday as she was hit by a cut tree in a forest near Augli village, Rõuge municipality, and died at the spot. According to Southern Police Prefecture, a 32-year-old man was doing the logging. Augli village head Silvi Luha said that the victim had been a local resident and her lifelong neighbor. “She was a nice woman, very helpful,” she said.
Latvian citizen dies in traffic accident over Christmas
A Latvian citizen died in a traffic accident in Estonia's Harju County on Monday night.
Battalion chief resigns over drunk driving
The chief of the Estonian defense forces' Engineer Battalion, Lt. Col. Eero Tepp, has come under criminal investigation and had to resign after causing an accident while driving under the influence.
25.11.2016, Georgi BeltadzePM
Car lands in house after flight of fifty meters
A 22-year-old woman crashed her BMW into a residential building on Viljandi's Köstri street after the speed at which the vehicle was traveling caused it to fly out of a steep turn and take flight, passing over a parked vehicle and a fence for a total distance of several dozen meters on Monday. The driver, who initially fled the scene, was found to be under the influence of narcotic substances.
23.11.2016, Marko SuurmägiPM
2 Estonians killed working on high voltage power line in Sweden
Two workers from Estonia were killed in a work related accident in Sweden on Monday when they began replacing a high voltage power line without making sure that power had been switched off and were hit with 30,000 volts of power.
Child survives fall from eighth floor
A two-year-old child was taken to the Tallinn Children's Hospital's intensive care unit after miraculously surviving a fall from an eighth floor window in Tallinn's Lasnamägi borough a week ago. Neighbors said that while the boy did not break a single bone, he suffered injuries to internal organs.
01.11.2016, Heilika LeinusPM
Experts: Speed of car that crashed killing 3 young men was 140 kmh
The speed of the car that crashed into roadside trees in Tallinn's Parnamae district shortly after midnight on Tuesday killing three young people inside was 140 kilometers per hour, experts have found.
Punishment for post-accident alcohol consumption to be toughened
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Estonian parliament decided to form a work group to draft an amendment to toughen punishment for consuming alcohol after an accident.
Three rescuers injured in last week's training on Bay of Tallinn
The Estonian Rescue Board has opened an investigation into an accident that happened during a sea rescue training on the Bay of Tallinn last week and in which three rescuers received injuries.
27.09.2016, news.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Two men die in grain elevator accident in Tartu
On Friday morning three workers were trapped in grain in an elevator of the grain processing company Tartu Mill in Estonia's second-largest city of Tartu as a result of which two men died.
Drifting into eternity on road back home
Ironically, we saw two cars in roadside ditches while on our way to talks to those closest to the young people perished in Saturday wreck, with one just some few kilometers off the spot.
02.08.2016, Cätriin VuksPM
Three young lives lost in car wreck
Saturday night saw a severe traffic accident in Ida-Viru County with three young people perished. On basis of immediate information available, the police suspects risky driving.
01.08.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Hot air balloon crash has happy ending
A hot air balloon accident in Estonia's southwestern Parnu County on Sunday had a happy ending.
17-y-o Pokemon Go player injured after jumping out of window
A 17-year-old boy sustained minor injuries after jumping out of a window on the upper floor of a two-story private home in Viimsi, a residential district adjacent to Tallinn, while playing Pokemon Go on Wednesday.
Evidence points at accident with perished border guards
At press conference yesterday, Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) internal audit office said that according to evidence accumulated an accident happened with border guards who perished at sea near Haapsalu on June 28th. The cause of the alleged accident is still unknown.
08.07.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Two border guards drown at sea
Tuesday night, an accident took the lives of two patrolling border guards near coast of Haapsalu, West Estonia.
«After accident» drinking to equal drunk driving?
Legal affairs committee at Riigikogu has been discussing if post-crash drinking ought to be equalised with drunk driving, based on Riigikogu member Dmitri Dmitrijev (Centre) case. The committee hopes for an amendment by fall, latest.
03.06.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Death lurking at summer events
In Estonia, outdoor stage platforms for summer events are erected in the hope that nothing happens. Builders say rules and supervision are totally lacking. A narrow circle of stage makers are fearful that a grander repeat of the Tartu trampoline tragedy is just a matter of time.
26.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Drunk driver hits bus shelter, seven reported injured
Seven people including a child were reported injured after a drunk driver crashed into a bus shelter shortly after noon on Monday in Tallinn.
Bus driver's health fails while at wheel
Due to health failure suffered by driver, a passenger bus drove off the road at Kreutzwaldi and Gonsiori Streets intersection, Tallinn, at about 6:30 am yesterday. The sudden maneuver made three cars collide, mediates ERR news portal. Nobody was hurt in the accident, the bus driver was hospitalized.
Action awarded for souls saved
Yesterday, 21 people were decorated with Lifesaver Medals by interior minister Hanno Pevkur and Rescue Board director-general Kuno Tammearu. Those honoured included 13 Rescue Board staff, one beach guard, and six private persons including an Australian.
17.02.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Dmitrijev to possibly escape criminal penalty
Explains sworn lawyer Indrek Sirk: if Riigikogu's Centre Party faction member Dmitri Dmitrijev claims to have gotten drunk only after the traffic accident occurred, he may escape criminal penalty and be punished for mere misdemeanor.
27.01.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Estonian construction businessman Mati Heinsar killed in road accident in Latvia
The Estonian national killed in a road accident on the Liepaja-Riga road shortly after midday on Tuesday was construction businessman Mati Heinsar.
Middle-aged machinery operator killed in Rakvere plant accident
The worker killed in an ammonia leak at the Rakvere meat processing factory on Saturday morning was a middle-aged machinery operator who had worked in this field for his whole life, officials said.
Criminal proceeding opened as MP's blood alcohol content exceeds 1.5 permille
A criminal procedure was opened after Dmitri Dmitrijev, the MP who crashed his car while intoxicated shortly after midnight on Thursday, was found to have a blood alcohol concentration higher than 1.5 permille.
The longest thirty hours of total stillness
Fallen 25 meters into an icy cleft in the Peruvian mountain of Tocllaraju for 30 hours, Annemai Märtson tried to call for her fellows. «No answer, all remained still and quiet.» Allan Valge, and Jane and Tarmo Riga perished. To honor the dead and the helpers, she tells the story of her struggle.
02.12.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Man dies in Tartu as hit by police van
On Saturday night, a police van on emergency call hit a man aged 20 on a Riga St, Tartu pedestrian crossing, killing him on the spot. Another lad on the zebra at the instant was unharmed.
23.11.2015, Risto MetsPM
Editorial: no rules replace responsibility
The serious accident in Viimsi water park slide this Saturday is worthy of attention whether the new facilities are guilty or not. While safety of use is a must, let us never forget the personal responsibility to be cautious and think ahead. Rules will always be general, and every incident unique.
Estonian tourist falls to death from hotel balcony in Turkey
An Estonian aged 45 has dropped to his death from a hotel room balcony in Kiriş resort of Kemer, Turkey.
14.08.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
Driver of vehicle in four-victim crash was severely drunk
The 23-year-old driver of the car in which four people were killed in an accident in Estonia's southern Tartu County on the evening of Aug. 4 was severely intoxicated, the investigation has established.
Editorial: death takes some other soul, some other place
A tragic accident like the recent one in Tartu County will never fail to shake us all. It's surely the worst for loved ones, but the impact is broader. The feeling of helplessness makes tens of thousands seek the culprits, curse the government, the youth, the traffic, and «blurt it all out». Meanwhile, the root of the problem feels evasive. What do we do?
Mother: She was my only child. She is no more...
«Why?» sighed mothers and fathers all over the land, hearing about the tragic traffic accident that took the lives of four young people in Tartu County this Tuesday. Just some soundness of mind could have avoided it all.
06.08.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Four young people die in traffic accident in Tartu County
A very serious traffic accident took place in Estonia's Tartu County on Tuesday evening which claimed the lives of four young people.
Estonian man suspected of causing fellow countryman's death in Finland
The police in eastern Finland are investigating a shooting case in which an Estonian man stands suspected of causing the death of a fellow countryman, Finnish news agency STT reports.
LSD lands sporty lad in wheelchair
Last week, extraordinary indeed was a criminal case settled at Harju County Court.
12.06.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Crossing a snow bridge surprisingly long?
Planning any hike and assessing possible hazards, Jane Riga (41) always kept saying: the little daughter should not be left alone... When foreseeing danger, her husband Tarmo (43) took a climb when feeling like it, while Jane stayed in base camps or at foot of mountains altogether. Just in case.
12.06.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: mountains know no mercy
Three Estonians lost and one severely injured, in Peru. A most tragic incident in the history of Estonian mountaineering. The last time Estonia had three alpinists perish was in Pamir Mountains, back in 1974.
Stopping on snow bridge possibly proved fatal
Yesterday morning, Peruvian rescue operations head Alfredo Quintana Figueroa (pictured) provided explanations on the incident.
10.06.2015, Marian MänniPM
Three Estonian climbers killed in Peru
Three Estonian mountain climbers were killed in an avalanche near the town of Huaraz in western Peru, a fourth member of the group was found alive Peruvian media reported on Monday.
Staff error likely cause for TV tower tragedy
This Saturday served a serious accident at Tallinn TV tower as two ladies adventure-descending by rope dropped from 20 metres. The police thinks the cause may have been miscommunication between people employed to service the entertainment.
08.06.2015, Merike TederPM
Red light defiance popular among drivers
During an hour yesterday, Postimees watched the Tartu Highway / Kreutzwaldi Street junction in Tallinn which on Saturday featured accident with 14 people injured. Between one and two o’clock in the afternoon, 14 cars crossed the intersection under yellow or red light.
22.05.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Drunk driver involved in multi-victim accident
On Saturday morning, a serious traffic accident happened at Tartu Highway and F. R. Kreutzwaldi St intersection, Tallinn, as a Mercedes-Benz at left-turn from Kreutzwaldi St was hit by a BMW with Gregori (22) drunk at the wheel. According to police, the BMW went above speed limit. Eve (42), the driver of the Mercedes, was sober.
Editorial: Why? Let’s look within
Saturday morning sunshine, central Tallinn. Slowly and serenely, townsfolk start strolling about. The coffee shops open their welcoming doors, and all is quiet... till the bang. The shock, the blood, the tears, and the ambulances screaming their way towards what just happened. Not limited to the people in both cars involved, a traffic island was rudely invaded as one of the vehicles was flung in its midst. 14 injured, all told.
Estonian woman dies in tourist bus accident in Turkey
A bus carrying Estonians was in an accident in Turkey's southwestern Antalya Province on Sunday afternoon and one Estonian woman died, spokesperson for the German tourist company Tom-Travel, Maggie Schubert, told BNS.
30.03.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Estonian conscript injured in live-fire exercise
A conscript of the antitank company of the Estonian 1st Infantry Brigade sustained an injury during live-fire exercise in the territory of the abandoned Sirgala quarry before noon on Tuesday. The conscript's life is not in danger.
Port worker dies falling between ship and berth in Tallinn
In Old City Harbour of Tallinn, last night a port employee perished having fallen between passenger ship and the berth.
09.02.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Eesti Energia says killed miners had years of experience
The two miners killed in an accident in the underground Estonia mine Thursday night had many years of experience, said the owner of the mine, the state-held energy group Eesti Energia.
Two killed in mining accident in NE Estonia
Two workers were killed in an accident in the Estonia mine in northeastern Estonia Thursday night.
Tragic snow tube accident throws up questions
The deadly snowtubing accident at Ansomäe makes one wonder whether a sign «Slide at own risk!» frees owner of slope from responsibility.
29.01.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Snowtubing claims life in South-Estonia
At Ansomäe ski centre near Otepää, a day of winter fun for company staff finished in tragedy as two «train» tubes broke off and flung into tall pines lining a steep slalom slope.
28.01.2015, Jaan OlmaruPM
Woman dies, another sustains injuries in snowtubing accident near Estonian ski resort
A 49-year-old woman died and a woman one year her junior sustained injuries in a snowtubing accident near the south Estonian ski resort Otepaa on Tuesday.
Drowned in darkness, workers frantically fumbled for exit
Of the eight victims in Auvere power plant accident, most are already recovering from physical injuries but are still in shock over the Tuesday tragedy. Three men with serious respiratory and lung damages are still kept in artificial coma by doctors at Narva hospital.
08.01.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Victims of Auvere power plant accident in stable condition
The condition of three workers who sustained severe injuries in Tuesday's accident at the Auvere power plant in northeastern Estonia is grave but stable and they will be kept in an induced coma for at least three days.
Police launch criminal probe into Auvere power plant accident
The East Prefecture of the Police and Border Guard Board has opened a criminal investigation into Tuesday's accident at the Auvere power plant in northeastern Estonia that left eight people injured.
Eight people injured in accident at Auvere power plant construction site
Eight people are reported to have sustained injuries in an accident Tuesday afternoon at the construction site of the Auvere power plant in northeastern Estonia.
Conscript injured as hand grenade goes off at training
A conscript doing military service with the Logistics Battalion of the Estonian defense forces was injured in a grenade explosion on Monday night but his life is not in danger.
Estonian politician, former Tallinn mayor Hardo Aasmae dies in accident
Hardo Aasmae, Estonian politician, public person and former mayor of Tallinn, died on Monday evening at the age of 63 as a result of an accident.
Estonia: Rector of Tallinn University of Technology fined for drunk driving
Rector of the Tallinn University of Technology Andres Keevallik who caused a traffic accident while intoxicated at the end of October was imposed a fine, the daily Ohtuleht reports.
Conscript hospitalised by explosives
A month ago, a conscript at Kuperjanov Infantry Battalion was hospitalised due to injuries by an explosives package going off.
19.11.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Editorial: controlling the future
So now we have two stories in a row featuring young people in sudden need of treatment while abroad – occasion enough to talk about health insurance.
Trip lands man in Australian hospital
An unlucky dive by young man into swimming pool meant four months in hospital bed and a related bill of over €100,000.
07.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Maltese maritime investigators probing grounding of Estonian-owned MV Kertu
The Marine Safety Investigation Unit of Malta is investigating the grounding of the Maltese registered MV Kertu, a general cargo vessel belonging to the Estonian company Baltic Maritime Logistics Group that ran aground near the south end of the Stockholm archipelago in Swedish territorial waters early on Wednesday, Malta Today reported.
Rector of Tallinn University of Technology to resign due to drunk driving
Rector of the Tallinn University of Technology Andres Keevallik is to resign due to a traffic accident he caused on Tuesday evening while intoxicated.
30.10.2014, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Expert: kidnapping of officer after Obama visit no coincidence
According to former police chief and interior minister Ain Seppik (Reform Party), today’s kidnapping of a security police officer near Luhamaa border point cannot be an accident nor an ordinary crime as currently treated by Security Police.
05.09.2014, Karin KangroPM
IT-helper, for faster fire-fighting
«I was on duty as the Kangadžungel store caught fire, and thanks to the new system I found the Kunderi Street water hydrant,» said Ramon Ruotsi, senior operational officer at Northern Rescue Centre. Mr Ruotsi went on to explain that only the rare few hydrants stick out in the street, most being buried under it.
14.08.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Passenger plane damaged at Tallinn landing
Today, the tail of a Smartlynx Airbus 320 plane ES-SAL coming in from Bulgaria touched down at Tallinn Airport landing strip before wheels ever reached the ground, said Public Broadcasting (ERR). None on board was hurt.
Jüri Arrak gets foot driven off
He walks. On one leg plus two crutches. Briskly, for a man advanced in years. The artist, Jüri Arrak, is 77. Six weeks back, he got his foot driven off. Doctors say Mr Arrak might walk on his two legs in a year. Or later. But what happened, then, on June 18th?
31.07.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Editorial: let’s tackle the accidental deaths
How safe is everyday life in Estonia? Answers might be sought from various sources, but accidental deaths are a solid figure and, as divided into categories, will show the overall mental and physical situation.
Editorial: the absent barrier
In a grave accident at Raasiku, Harju County yesterday, a Tallinn-Tartu passenger train was hit by a heavy truck. The crash claimed two lives – one in truck, the other in train. Several were injured. With a hundred-some folks travelling towards Tartu in the four-carriage Elron train, if might easily have been worse.
Train accident takes two lives
«I just prayed God keep us alive,» said Margit, a survivor among the hundred-some train riders who were spared in the truck-against-train crash, yesterday. Two died and twelve were hurt in the accident.
17.04.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
That night, this car was not supposed to ride
The automobile in which four men lost their young lives also held a girl of 15 – after several surgeries, she sleeps in induced coma.
12.11.2013, Tuuli KochPM
Onto the road. The end
The lad that drove himself and three companions to death, early Saturday morning, was under steadfast police scrutiny due to a string of traffic infringements.
11.11.2013, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian powerboat racer seriously injured in Germany
Estonian powerboat racer Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik was seriously injured in a competition held in Germany, the daily Postimees writes.
16.08.2013, Postimees / BNSPM
Sailboat still stuck
Today, owners of vessel built in 1907 gather to discuss ways of saving it.
13.08.2013, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Estonia's oldest tall ship remains stranded
Estonia's oldest tall ship, Blue Sirius, remains stranded in shallow waters off the island of Aegna not far from Tallinn after running aground there late on Friday night.
Ship catches fire at BLRT shipyard in Tallinn
A ship caught fire at a facility of the Estonian industrial group BLRT in Tallinn the night into Tuesday, no injuries have been reported.
Man who went overboard from Tallink ship found alive hours later
A man who went overboard from a passenger ferry of the Estonian shipper Tallink in the night was found alive seven hours later, online news portal of the public broadcaster ERR reports.
One killed, two injured in blast in Tallinn industrial building
One person was killed and two sustained injuries in an explosion in a production facility of the shipbuilding and industrial group BLRT in northern Tallinn on Wednesday.
Saaremaa municipality head drowns during regatta
The mayor of a rural municipality in Estonia's Saaremaa Island fell into the water and drowned during a regatta near the island of Abruka on Saturday.
Trauma in Tallinn taxi accident may end Estonian footballer Oper's career
A trauma suffered by Estonian midfielder Andres Oper in a car accident in Tallinn in May may jeopardize the continuation of his career as a football player, the daily Ohtuleht said.
Three Latvians injured as bus veers off road in Estonia
Three residents of Latvia were injured as a bus en route from Riga to St. Petersburg, Russia veered off the road in Estonia's Jogeva County in the early hours of Thursday.