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- Six people were killed in a train crash in Denmark on Wednesday, caused by debris that fell from a freight train.
- The crash occurred on the Great Belt Bridge, which connects Denmark’s two biggest islands.
- Officials confirmed that the debris came from a freight train, which was carrying trucks loaded with Carlsberg beer.
- Police have said they do not know exactly what the debris was, and are still investigating exactly what happened.
Six people were killed dead and 16 more injured in a train crash on Wednesday morning in Denmark, caused by debris that fell from a freight train carrying Carlsberg beer.
The train, operated by Danish state railway firm DSB, had 131 people on board. It came to a sharp stop on the Great Belt Bridge, which connected Denmark’s two biggest islands, Zealand and Funen, officials said.
According to the Reuters news agency, it was hit by debris from a passing freight train on the bridge that connects the country’s two biggest islands, Zealand and Funen, officials said, according to Reuters.
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A Carlsberg spokesperson confirmed to CNN that the freight train was carrying beer for the company. Police have said they do not know exactly what the debris was.
Banedanmark, the company which controls the rail network, said that something like a tarpaulin may have fallen from the train.
Photos from the scene show a train carrying Carlsberg, which has its headquarters in Copenhagen, the Danish capital.
We are deeply moved by the accident on the Storebælt Bridge and our thoughts go out to all those affected. Following the accident, we have arranged for rail replacement bus services between Nyborg and Korsør. Read more on https://t.co/lon97GG38g
— DSB (@omDSB) January 2, 2019
Funen chief of police Lars Bræmhøj told a news conference that police “still do not know exactly what happened,” CNN reported.
He said the police knew that goods came off the freight train which the passenger then hit, and promised a “thorough” investigation to find out more.
Police have not named any of the deceased. They said none of the injuries sustained by the other passengers are life-threatening.
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The freight train was run by Deutsche Bahn Cargo Scandinavia, Carlsberg spokesman Kasper Elbjorn told CNN.
Jan Wildau, of Deutsche Bahn Cargo Scandinavia, said he was unable to say exactly what happened. “We drive beer daily between Fredericia and the capital,” he said. “We have never had anything like this happen before.”
Emergency services struggled to reach the crash site due to bad weather, Reuters reported.
Around 21,000 train passengers and more than 27,000 vehicles cross the bridge, called the Great Belt Bridge, every day.