High winds cause closure and rail incident on Danish bridge

The Great Belt Fixed Link and the Øresund Bridge were both closed early on Wednesday as forceful gusts of wind made conditions perilous.

High winds cause closure and rail incident on Danish bridge
Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Eight people suffered minor injuries as a train was forced to undertake a sharp braking manoeuvre while crossing the Great Belt Bridge, media including broadcaster DR reported Wednesday morning.

A press spokesperson from rail operator DSB told DR that the train was “hit by an object” and subsequently had to brake sharply. The accident occurred around 7:30am, DR writes.

Funen Police also confirmed the incident in a tweet.

“There has been an accident on the low section of the Great Belt Fixed Link. Ambulances and police are on their way to the scene. Allow emergency vehicles to pass. Do not drive towards Nyborg on the motorway,” the tweet read.

Although the Danish Road Directorate initially said it expected roads to be open again by 7am, bridge operating company Sund & Bælt later confirmed the Great Belt would not be open to road traffic again before 11am.

The Øresund Bridge reopened just prior to 7am, the Danish Road Directorate wrote on Twitter, adding that “strong winds” were still prevalent and that “wind-sensitive vehicles” were advised to avoid the crossing until 1pm. The Copenhagen-Malmö connection remains open at the time of writing.

The closures have resulted in delays to rail services, DSB advised, with trains currently standing still between Korsør and Nyborg, the two stations either side of the Great Belt Fixed Link, which connects the islands of Zealand and Funen.

There was currently “no prognosis” for when normal services will resume, DSB wrote.

Meanwhile, cancellations have affected several ferry crossings in Denmark, including between Aarhus and Sjællands Odde, DR reports.

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How much will it snow in Denmark this weekend?

Winter weather arrived in spectacular fashion to coincide with the beginning of December this week. The weekend could bring more snow to parts of the country but probably less disruption than recent days.

Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December.
Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Recent snowstorms disrupted North Jutland in particular and Denmark in general, and more cold weather can be expected this weekend albeit severe, according to forecasts.

“We won’t see the Ragnarok-like weather we’ve seen in some places recently again this weekend, but it’s now winter weather and it has also snowed in several places overnight,” said meteorologist Frank Nielsen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

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Cold weather on Friday and a low front across the North Sea will bring clouds and precipitation across Denmark from the west, Nielsen said.

That will materialise as cold rain or sleet in many areas but probably snow in North Jutland, he said.

“There could be between five and ten centimetres of snow north of the Limfjord,” the meteorologist said, referring to the waterway that cuts across the northern part of Jutland, including main regional city Aalborg.

“In the southern part of the country, an equivalent five to ten centimetres of rain could fall,” he added.

Friday’s temperature will be between freezing point and five degrees Celsius, with the north of the country falling in to the lower end of that range and the south the warmer end.

Mist and fog is forecast this evening, caused by various weather fronts moving over Denmark.

That could still be felt on Saturday morning, though it is likely to be a little warmer at 2-6 degrees Celsius. Mild winds could make that fell chiller, but snow is unlikely.

Sunday will see the temperature drop again, to 0-4 degrees Celsisu. Snow is possible, particularly on eastern coasts.

Strong winds in the east of the country and along the coasts will result in a “rather cold 24 hours,” Nielsen said.

Nighttime temperatures are expected to drop below zero throughout the weekend. Motorists are therefore warned to be alert to icy road surfaces.