A driver plowed his truck into pedestrians in Stockholm, causing authorities to shut down public transportation. How residents responded is barely reported.
This past Friday, four people were killed and over a dozen wounded when a driver plowed through pedestrians and crashed into a department store in Stockholm, Sweden. Authorities cleared the area as quickly as they could, and shut down public transportation as they searched for the perpetrator. As a result, people found themselves stranded throughout the city, unable to return to their homes or hotels.
Enter #OpenStockholm. Social media users promoted the hashtag on multiple platforms as a way to find places to stay or transportation for people stranded during the shutdown, and to link people willing to open their homes with people in need of a place to stay. Some of the messages in English include:
Facebook users also started a group to help people in Stockholm connect that weren’t using Twitter.