Six dead in Danish train accident: rail operator

The accident occurred on the Great Belt Bridge connecting the islands of Zealand, where Copenhagen is located, and Funen.

Two men walk past a damaged cargo train after an accident on 2 January 2019 in Nyborg, Denmark. Picture: AFP

COPENHAGEN - Six people were killed Wednesday in a train accident on a bridge connecting two islands in Denmark, rail operator Danske Statsbaner (DSB) said.

"We can confirm that six people are dead," a duty officer told AFP, as media reports said the roof of a cargo train blew off in heavy winds and hit a passenger train that was travelling in the opposite direction.

The accident occurred on the Great Belt Bridge connecting the islands of Zealand, where Copenhagen is located, and Funen.

A Funen police spokesperson told reporters he could not provide details of the accident, but added: "We know that an object hit the train."

There were 131 passengers and three crew on board.