Deadly train crash on Danish bridge

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The incident closed the bridge linking the islands of Zealand and Funen

Six people have been killed in a train accident on the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark, police said.

The bridge linking the islands of Zealand and Funen has been shut after the incident. The number of injured is as yet unknown.

Local media reports suggest a tarpaulin from a freight train hit a commuter train en route to Copenhagen in a heavy storm, forcing it to brake suddenly.

Police could not provide details but confirmed an object had hit the train.

Images from the scene show containers on the freight train with their sides torn off.

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Images show damage to the freight train

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The incident happened at about at about 08:00 local time (07:00 GMT)

The commuter train, running from Odense to the capital, was struck at about 08:00 local time (07:00 GMT).

Emergency services were reportedly struggling to reach the train in the bad weather, which had 131 passengers and three crew on board.

Tens of thousands of vehicles cross the bridge every day, and the storm had already caused several accidents on the road bridge earlier on Tuesday.

Denmark’s capital city Copenhagen is on the island of Zealand, while the city of Odense lies on Funen to the west.