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Several killed in train accident on Danish bridge

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Published: Jan. 2, 2019 at 5:40 AM EST
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The Latest on the train accident in Denmark (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

Danish police is suggesting that one possible cause of the train accident that killed six and injured 16 others was that cargo from a passing freight train fell off and hit a passenger train.

Police spokesman Lars Braemhoej added there was "considerable damage" on the passenger train, but "we do not know precisely what caused the accident."

Police declined to comment on a report by Denmark's TV2 channel that a container had likely fallen off the cargo train.

Braemhoej said Wednesday that the accident occurred on road-and-rail bridge that is part of the link between the island of Funen and Zealand where Copenhagen is located.

12 noon

A spokesman for Danish brewery group Carlsberg says a freight train transporting crates of beer was involved in the fatal train accident on a Danish bridge.

Kasper Elbjoern says the company transporting the cargo "has unfortunately confirmed that the freight train that was transporting our freight has been involved in the accident."

Police said six passengers were killed and 16 others injured in Wednesday morning's accident on a bridge linking two central Denmark islands.

Denmark's TV2 said a tarpaulin on a freight train hit a passenger train going in the opposite direction, prompting it to brake violently. Jesper Nielsen, a passenger on the train, told TV2 the train "was out on the bridge when there was a huge 'bang' .... and very quickly thereafter, the train braked."

11:30 a.m.

Danish police have confirmed that six people were killed and 16 others injured in the train accident on a bridge linking central Denmark's islands.

Police said the passenger train had hit an "unknown object" but did not further comment. Danish Railways earlier told Denmark's TV2 that the victims were passengers on a train going from the city of Odense to Copenhagen when the accident took place Wednesday morning. 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.

10:50 a.m.

A Danish rail operator says six people were killed in a train accident on a bridge linking central Denmark's islands.

Danish Railways told Denmark's TV2 that the victims were passengers on a train going from the city of Odense to Copenhagen when the accident took place Wednesday morning. Police did not confirm the fatalities, only saying several people were killed.

The company did not give a cause to the accident. 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.

10:10 a.m.

Danish police say several people have been killed in a train accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen.

Police did not provide further details about those killed or the number of people injured in Wednesday's incident, which took place about 8 a.m. local time. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight train hit a passenger train going in the opposite direction, prompting it to brake suddenly.

The Storebaelt bridge is part of bridges and tunnel link between the Danish islands. Police is scheduled to give a news conference later Wednesday.

Original Story

Several people were killed Wednesday morning in an accident involving a commuter train on the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark, a spokeswoman for the Danish police told CNN.

Danish public broadcaster TV2 and other Danish media put the number killed at six.

The accident, which involved two trains, occurred on a bridge linking the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen, the police spokeswoman said.

Police were first called at 7:35 a.m. (1:35 am ET), she said. Passengers have been evacuated from the train.

A spokesman for brewing company Carlsberg told CNN that Carlsberg beer was being transported on a freight train over the bridge. "The train was carrying our goods apparently, but we do not transport our own goods in Denmark," said Kasper Elbjorn from Carlsberg, which has its headquarters in Copenhagen. The beer was carried by Deutsche Bahn Cargo Scandinavia, he said.

No cause for the accident has been established yet by police but the two trains may have had contact, the police spokeswoman said.

Danish police cannot yet confirm the number of dead, nor who the victims are, the spokeswoman said. All possible causes are being investigated.

Passenger Jim Nielson, who is from Denmark but lives in Ireland, told CNN he was going to the airport to catch a flight back after the holidays when the incident occurred.

"I was on the second coach when the crash happened. There was a cargo train coming from Zealand, the opposite direction. It was shaking due to the strong wind," he said.

"One of the containers was blown off the cargo train into the rails, because of the wind. Our driver tried to stop the train, pulling the brake. But the train continued to drive a bit, and crashed into the container blown off from the cargo.

"I saw sparks coming from the wheels. I ducked and bumped my head. Ten seconds later I heard a sudden bang. Then the train came into a halt. There was a lot of confusion, total darkness. Passengers on the first coach took the hardest hit, I believe that's where most of the casualties are."

Nielson said the train was very crowded at the time. Emergency services arrived within 10 to 15 minutes, he said, and used special equipment to open the doors, which were jammed.

Nielson is now in the city of Nyborg, on Funen, with scores of others from the train, he said. "It's a bad way to start the New Year, but I'm glad to be safe," he added.

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