Badly-attached container caused fatal accident on Great Belt Bridge

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Badly-attached container caused fatal accident on Great Belt Bridge
Trailers involved in the crash photographed on the Great Belt Bridge on January 2nd. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish accident investigators on Thursday said a train crash on the Great Belt Bridge in January, which killed eight people, was caused by a poorly-attached container.


The accident, which also injured 16, happened when a container came loose from a cargo train in strong winds and hit a passenger train travelling eastwards on the box-girder bridge section of the crossing.

The Great Belt Bridge connects the islands of Zealand, where Copenhagen is located, and Funen.

"It is likely that the tether (of the container) to the trailer had not been secured like it should," the country's Accident Investigation Bureau said in a preliminary report published Thursday.

It also found that high winds were strong enough to have dislodged the container.

"The wind was sufficient to overturn the trailer that day. We are relying on other observations such as the sparks and the discovery of detached pieces," said Bo Haaning, of the accident investigation office, speaking on public television.

The inquiry found that two other containers had not been attached properly and had moved.

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