02 Jan 2019
Danish train accident: 6 passengers killed, several others injured
Six people were killed in a train accident today on a Danish bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen, according to the rail operator.
Authorities said several others were injured.
Danish Railways told media that the six were passengers on a train from the city of Odense, on the central Danish island of Fyn, heading toward the capital Copenhagen.
Tarpaulin on freight train hit passenger train leading to accident
Police did not confirm the number of fatalities.
The accident took place about 8 am local time (12:30 pm IST).
Police spokesman Arne Gram said the passenger train "hit an unknown object," but did not further comment.
Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight train hit the passenger train, which was going in the opposite direction, prompting it to brake suddenly.
TV images showed freight train's tarpaulin torn in pieces
The Storebaelt bridge is part of a system of bridges and a tunnel linking the Danish islands.
Denmark's TV2 showed images of a freight train with the tarpaulin that covered the train torn in pieces.
It reported that eight people were injured.
In a statement, police urged passengers to contact next of kin to inform them of their safety.
The road-and-rail bridge was closed to cars overnight
Police also asked people not share photos and videos of the accident.
The accident took place on a road-and-rail bridge, part of a transport system consisting of a road suspension bridge, and a railway tunnel.
The transport system was closed to cars overnight because of strong winds but trains could pass.
Road traffic resumed today with a 50 kph (31 mph) speed limit.