Train crash on Danish bridge kills six

Train crash on Danish bridge kills six

A staff member walks past damaged containers on a cargo train on the Great Belt Bridge after a railway accident in Nyborg, Denmark.

A severe storm made it hard for emergency services to reach the train which had stopped on the Great Belt fixed link between Zealand and Funen, Denmark's two major islands.

A Carlsberg spokesman said a freight train operated by DB Cargo and carrying goods for Carlsberg had been involved in the accident.

At least six people on board a passenger train were killed after the locomotive collided with falling debris from an oncoming freight train on the Great Belt bridge, reports said.

Jesper Nielsen, who was on the passenger train, told Denmark's TV2 the train "was out on the bridge when there was a huge "bang". very quickly thereafter, the train braked".

An unidentified object can also be seen lying across the front of the passenger train on another track.

The passenger train had departed from the city of Odense, on the central Danish island of Fyn.

A train is stationary on the Storebaelt bridge in Denmark after a train accident.

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"There was a loud crash and the windows started smashing onto our heads", passenger Heidi Langberg Zumbusch told Danish broadcaster DR. So far, six people are confirmed to have died in the incident.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Officials did not provide details about those killed in Wednesday's incident, which took place about 8.00am local time.

Danish police are expected to hold a press conference later today.

Passengers have been evacuated from the train but police and rescue teams are still working at the scene.

The Storebaelt bridge is part of a system of bridges and a tunnel linking the Danish islands.

Flemming Jensen, the CEO of state-owned Danish Railways, said police and the Danish Accident Investigation Board were investigating.

"Our thoughts are with relatives and we are doing all we can and what is practically possible, to assist clients and their relatives", he said.

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