Danish woman injured in Germany in latest motorway rock throwing incident

Rocks were thrown at traffic from motorway bridges near the border between Denmark and Germany in two separate incidents on Tuesday.

Danish woman injured in Germany in latest motorway rock throwing incident
File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

A motorist was hit by one of the rocks at around 10pm on Tuesday, police in the German city of Flensburg confirmed to TV Syd.

The bridge in that incident is just south of the frontier between the two countries at Padborg, according to the report.

Police, fire services and medical response personnel all attended the scene, where a granite rock smashed through a car windscreen, injuring a 58-year-old woman.

The woman, who is Danish, reportedly lives in Flensburg but works in Denmark.

She was seriously injured and was admitted to hospital in the German town, according to TV Syd.

Her car was hit on the German A7 road near Ellund, just south of the E45 motorway near Padborg. A granite rock measuring approximately 25×25 centimetres was subsequently found in the central reservation as the police clear-up operation caused a 300-metre traffic tailback on the southbound carriageway on the Danish side of the border.

No arrests have yet been made.

Around half an hour prior to the incident, a rock was thrown from another bridge in the area near Brarup, around ten kilometres further south in the German province of Schleswig-Holstein. No injuries occurred in that incident, German police confirmed to TV Syd.

Similar incidents involving the throwing of rocks from bridges onto motorway traffic have occurred repeatedly near Odense, Denmark’s third-largest city.

A concrete block was thrown from a bridge in 2016, killing a German woman who was travelling in a car on the E20 motorway near the city.

In September 2017, a rock weighing 40 kilograms was thrown from a second bridge, around 200 metres from the site of the first crime. Nobody was injured.

In December, police in Odense described as ‘serial criminals’ the person or persons behind the acts.

READ ALSO: Police in Denmark hunt for 'serial criminal' behind rocks dropped on to motorway traffic


Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

Almost all of 7-Eleven’s 176 Denmark locations are back up and running with the help of a backup system, the company said on Thursday. 

Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

In an email to news wire Ritzau, 7-eleven said that over 96 percent of its convenience stores across Denmark were now in “stable operation”. That corresponds to around 169 stores.

“We have technicians at the remaining stores who are working hard to get them up and running as soon as possible,” the company said in the email.

However, convenience stores at train stations (where you can buy a transport card) were only accepting Dankort (debit card) payments as of Wednesday evening.

All operational stores outside of train stations currently accept Mobile Pay (app) and cash payments, and many can take Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort. 

“We expect that all stores outside of train stations can accept all Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort during the course of tomorrow morning, and all stores at train stations [will be able to] during the course of the week,” the company wrote late on Wednesday.

The convenience store chain was on Monday hit by a cyber attack that forced all of its 176 stores in Denmark to close.

7-Eleven has confirmed that the outage was due to a ransomware attack — hackers demanded money to return access to the company’s data and systems. 

The attack has been reported to police.

The company’s CEO, Jesper Østergaard, told Ritzau he did not know the extent of losses suffered by 7-Eleven as a result of the incident.