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Bridge collapse creates commuting headaches

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Bridge collapse creates commuting headaches
The cause of the collapse remained uncertain as of Monday morning. Photo: Linda Kastrup/Scanpix
08:18 CEST+02:00
A bridge that collapsed onto the motorway between Helsingør and the Copenhagen area will not be cleared up until Monday afternoon at the earliest.
The collapse of a bridge over the Helsingør motorway over the weekend created chaos for Monday morning commuters on the island of Zealand. 
 
The Danish Road Directorate (Vejdirektoratet) announced that the clean-up of the collapsed bridge would continue on Monday, leaving motorists facing detours as they travel between Helsingør and the northern Copenhagen area. 
 
The motorway is closed between Gammel Holte and Nærum. 
 
The motorway problems will also create extra train traffic and rail operator DSB reported that it would be prepared for the influx of commuters by adding additional cars to line B of the S-train and the Kystbanen regional route.
 
“It might be crowded in the trains [on Monday morning] but with these additions we can offer more customers seats on their journey,” DSB spokesman Tony Bispeskov said in a press release. 
 
The bridge collapsed onto the Helsingør motorway on Saturday evening at Egebækvej. The 26 workers who were on the bridge at the time escaped uninjured. 
 
By Sunday evening, police officials had concluded their investigation of the collapse, which will now allow Vejdirektoratet to determine the cause of the collapse and continue clean-up efforts. The road officials said late on Sunday that it remained unclear how much damage was created to the road itself when the bridge collapsed. 
 
Vejdirektoratet predicted that the closed stretch of motorway would first be reopened on Monday afternoon. The agency is providing updates on Twitter (in Danish only). 
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