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Train crash on Danish bridge kills 6, injures 16 – Daily News

Train crash on Danish bridge kills 6, injures 16 – Daily News

By JAN M. OLSEN | Related Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A Danish passenger practice apparently hit falling cargo from a passing freight practice Wednesday, an accident that killed six individuals and injured 16 others because it crossed a bridge linking the nation’s islands, authorities stated.

The accident was the worst in Denmark in additional than 30 years.

The rail operator, Danish Railways, advised Denmark’s TV2 that the victims have been passengers on a practice going from the town of Odense, on the central Danish island of Funen, to the capital of Copenhagen when the accident occurred about eight a.m.

  • Broken compartments of a cargo practice close to the Storebaelt bridge, close to Nyborg in Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Danish police say a number of individuals have been killed in a practice accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen. Police didn’t present additional particulars about these killed or the variety of individuals injured in Wednesday’s incident, which happened about eight a.m. native time. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight practice hit a passenger practice moving into the other way, prompting it to brake abruptly. (Michael Bager/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • A practice is stationary on the Storebaelt bridge, close to Nyborg in Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 after a practice accident. Danish police say a number of individuals have been killed in a practice accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen. (Michael Bager/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • A police officer seems to be on close to a broken cargo practice compartment close to the Storebaelt bridge, close to Nyborg in Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Danish police say a number of individuals have been killed in a practice accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen. Police didn’t present additional particulars about these killed or the variety of individuals injured in Wednesday’s incident, which happened about eight a.m. native time. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight practice hit a passenger practice getting in the other way, prompting it to brake out of the blue. (Michael Bager/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • A police officer seems to be on close to a broken cargo practice compartment close to the Storebaelt bridge, close to Nyborg in Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Danish police say a number of individuals have been killed in a practice accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen. Police didn’t present additional particulars about these killed or the variety of individuals injured in Wednesday’s incident, which happened about eight a.m. native time. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight practice hit a passenger practice getting in the other way, prompting it to brake abruptly. (Michael Bager/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • Individuals stroll close to broken cargo compartments on a practice parked close to the Storebaelt bridge, close to Nyborg in Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Danish police say a number of individuals have been killed in a practice accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen. Police didn’t present additional particulars about these killed or the variety of individuals injured in Wednesday’s incident, which occurred about eight a.m. native time. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight practice hit a passenger practice moving into the other way, prompting it to brake abruptly. (Tim Okay. Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • Traiffic is queued up on the strategy to the Storebaelt bridge, close to Nyborg in Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 after a practice accident. Danish police say a number of individuals have been killed in a practice accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen. Police didn’t present additional particulars about these killed or the variety of individuals injured in Wednesday’s incident, which passed off about eight a.m. native time. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight practice hit a passenger practice getting into the other way, prompting it to brake all of a sudden. (Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • Traiffic is queued up on the strategy to the Storebaelt bridge, close to Nyborg in Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 after a practice accident. Danish police say a number of individuals have been killed in a practice accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen. Police didn’t present additional particulars about these killed or the variety of individuals injured in Wednesday’s incident, which passed off about eight a.m. native time. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight practice hit a passenger practice getting in the other way, prompting it to brake abruptly. (Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • Broken compartments of a cargo practice close to the Storebaelt bridge, close to Nyborg in Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Danish police say a number of individuals have been killed in a practice accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen. Police didn’t present additional particulars about these killed or the variety of individuals injured in Wednesday’s incident, which occurred about eight a.m. native time. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight practice hit a passenger practice stepping into the other way, prompting it to brake instantly. (Michael Bager/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • Traiffic is queued up on the strategy to the Storebaelt bridge, close to Nyborg in Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 after a practice accident. Danish police say a number of individuals have been killed in a practice accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen. Police didn’t present additional particulars about these killed or the variety of individuals injured in Wednesday’s incident, which passed off about eight a.m. native time. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight practice hit a passenger practice getting in the other way, prompting it to brake instantly. (Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • Passengers who have been on board a practice concerned in an accident on the Nice Belt arrive at Nyborg Sports activities Middle the place a short lived disaster middle has been arrange, in Nyborg, Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. A passenger practice on a bridge linking central Denmark’s islands hit an “unknown object” early Wednesday, killing at the very least six individuals and injuring over a dozen others, Danish police stated. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight practice hit the passenger practice, which was moving into the other way, prompting it to brake violently. Police spokesman Arne Gram stated the passenger practice “hit an unknown object,” however didn’t additional remark. (Carsten Bundgaard Andersen/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • A rescue employee on the website of a practice accident on the Nice Belt Bridge- Storebaeltsbroen, in Nyborg, Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. A passenger practice on a bridge linking central Denmark’s islands hit an “unknown object” early Wednesday, killing a minimum of six individuals and injuring over a dozen others, Danish police stated. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight practice hit the passenger practice, which was getting in the other way, prompting it to brake violently. Police spokesman Arne Gram stated the passenger practice “hit an unknown object,” however didn’t additional remark. (Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • A practice is stationary on the Storebaelt bridge, close to Nyborg in Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 after a practice accident. Danish police say a number of individuals have been killed in a practice accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen. (Michael Bager/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

  • Broken compartments of a cargo practice close to the Storebaelt bridge, close to Nyborg in Denmark, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Danish police say a number of individuals have been killed in a practice accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen. Police didn’t present additional particulars about these killed or the variety of individuals injured in Wednesday’s incident, which passed off about eight a.m. native time. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight practice hit a passenger practice getting into the other way, prompting it to brake all of a sudden. (Michael Bager/Ritzau Scanpix by way of AP)

Authorities stated the trains have been going previous one another in reverse instructions. Aerial TV footage confirmed one aspect of entrance of the passenger practice had been ripped open. Pictures confirmed that the freight practice was carrying crates of beer, and the tarpaulin that coated the cargo practice was torn in items.

Police declined to remark instantly on a report from Denmark’s TV2 channel that a big freight container had possible fallen off the cargo practice.

Jesper Nielsen, who was on the passenger practice, informed Denmark’s TV2 the practice “was out on the bridge when there was a huge ‘bang’ … very quickly thereafter, the train braked.”

“It is much too early to speculate as to what might have caused it,” chief police investigator Joergen Andersen informed reporters. “It has been a pretty serious accident.”

The accident occurred on a road-and-rail bridge, a part of the Storebaelt system of bridges and a tunnel that hyperlink the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen.

The transport system was closed to automobiles in a single day due to robust winds however trains might cross. Street visitors resumed Wednesday with a 50 kph (31 mph) velocity restrict.

Police spokesman Lars Braemhoej stated whereas “we do not know precisely what caused the accident,” one attainable trigger was that cargo from the freight practice fell off and hit the passenger practice.

He added there was “considerable damage” on the passenger practice.

“Ordinary Danes on their way to work or heading home from the Christmas holidays have had their lives smashed,” Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen stated as he issued his condolences.

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe stated the “terrible accident … touches me deeply.”

Police urged passengers to contact kin and inform them in the event that they have been protected and urged individuals to not share photographs or movies of the accident.

Flemming Jensen, the CEO of state-owned Danish Railways, stated police and the Danish Accident Investigation Board have been investigating the damages. He stated the operator “will contribute everything that we can to the investigation.”

Bo Haaning of the Danish Accident Investigation Board was quoted as saying it might take months earlier than the reason for the accident could possibly be decided.

Kasper Elbjoern, spokesman for the Danish brewery group Carlsberg, confirmed that a freight practice transporting its cargo was concerned within the accident.

The federal government company liable for Danish railways stated on Twitter that no additional trains would cross the Storebaelt hyperlink on Wednesday, including it was aiming to permit practice crossings to renew Thursday.

In 1988, eight individuals have been killed and 72 injured when a practice derailed due to excessive velocity close to Soroe, west of Copenhagen.

Denmark’s worst practice accident occurred in 1919, when an categorical practice collided with a stopped practice in Copenhagen because of a dispatcher error. A complete of 40 individuals have been killed and a few 60 have been injured.