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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two extra our bodies have been discovered within the wreckage of a crashed prepare on a Danish bridge, elevating the demise toll to eight in Denmark’s deadliest prepare accident in 30 years, police stated Thursday.
Police say three ladies and 5 males had been killed within the Wednesday morning accident, and 4 of them have been recognized. Sixteen others had been injured.
All the useless and injured had been on a high-speed passenger prepare touring on the Storebaelt system of bridges and a tunnel that hyperlink the central Danish islands of Zealand and Funen.
Authorities are investigating if cargo fell off a freight prepare and smashed into the passenger prepare as the 2 traveled in opposition instructions on the bridge.
The Danish Accident Investigation Board has additionally stated that robust gusts Wednesday could possibly be an element. On the time of the accident, the 18-kilometer (11.2-mile) Storebaelt hyperlink was closed to highway visitors due to excessive winds however trains may nonetheless drive throughout.
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Police stated in an announcement Thursday that the most recent our bodies had been solely discovered after the wreckage was pulled away from the crash website to a distant space close to the city of Nyborg on Funen island. They stated the injury to the passenger prepare “was so intensive it has onerous to correctly get into probably the most broken space” whereas it was nonetheless on the bridge however added they’re sure no extra our bodies are inside.
Divers additionally searched the seabed underneath the bridge in a single day, on the lookout for prepare wreckage and for extra clues to elucidate the lethal accident.
Aerial TV footage and images confirmed the entrance facet of the passenger prepare ripped open. One container appeared to be lacking from a flat wagon on the cargo prepare and a freight tarpaulin was torn into items.
Lars Braemhoej, a senior police official, has stated investigators imagine one attainable explanation for the “appreciable injury” on the passenger prepare was getting hit by cargo that indifferent from the freight prepare. Nonetheless he stated authorities “have no idea exactly what brought on the accident.”
Because the wrecked passenger prepare was pulled away from the bridge, rail crossings over the Storebaelt hyperlink resumed Thursday from west to east. Prepare crossings within the different course had been anticipated to restart later within the day.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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