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Six ambulances respond to serious motorway accident

A serious road traffic accident near Copenhagen on Tuesday afternoon required a substantial emergency services response.

Six ambulances respond to serious motorway accident
Ambulances at the scene of the accident at Vallensbæk. Photo: Mathias Øgendal/Ritzau Scanpix

The accident occurred in the town of Vallensbæk southwest of Copenhagen, Ritzau reports.

Images from the accident at the Vallensbæk Torvevej and Søndre Ringvej crossing show a minibus turned on to its side and six ambulances at the scene.

West Copenhagen Police were on Wednesday afternoon yet to confirm the extent of the crash.

But duty police officer told newspaper Ekstra Bladet that persons involved had been taken to hospital.

“There were several people involved in the accident and they are being transported away,” the officer said.

A temporary road closure due to the incident was lifted at 1:45pm, with no further delays expected according to police.

READ ALSO: Danish police criticise 'unacceptable' behaviour of motorists after fatal accident

HEALTH

Coronavirus: Danish government calls for end to hoarding

Denmark's government has called on people to stop hoarding food and other essentials after supermarkets were hit by a sudden rush on Wednesday night.

Coronavirus: Danish government calls for end to hoarding
Shoppers in Ringsted. Photo. A collage of empty shelves in Danish supermarkets after a spate of hoarding on Wednesday night. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Scanpix
“We encourage people to shop normally and to follow the current advice,” Food Minister Mogens Jensen said at a press meeting on Thursday morning.  “There is no problem with the security of supply at our stores, but there is a problem with hoarding.” 
 
Following the announcement of far-reaching measures to slow the spread of coronavirus on Wednesday night, supermarkets across Denmark faced an onslaught of shoppers, stripping the shelves of some items. 
 
The panic to secure supplies was so intense that police were called to a branch of Netto in Odense on the island of Funen, and to a supermarket in southern Jutland where a group of customers refused to leave at closing time, according to Denmark's state broadcaster DR.  
 
A collage of empty shelves in Danish supermarkets after a spate of hoarding on Wednesday night. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Scanpix. 
 
Danish Twitter was on Wednesday night and Thursday morning filled with images of supermarket queues and empty shelves. 
 
 
 
The country's leading supermarkets, Salling Group, Coop, Dagrofa and Rema 1000, on Wednesday a joint press release assuring consumers that they had adequate supplies of all products, asking them not to change their shopping habits. 
 
“We will all throughout the supermarket industry make sure that we remain continuously stocked,” Dagrofa said in a tweet. 
 
Simon Kollerup, Denmark's Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, on Thursday urged “calm and sanity”. 
 
“The government is in close contact with the retailers and the government, and the message from the supermarkets is clear: The shops are open as usual,” he told the Ritzau newswire. “There are items in stock and the trucks are operating as normal. There are enough goods for everyone.” 
 
 
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