Danish train evacuated after forgetful Swedish passenger leaves parcel

Trains on Denmark’s Kystbanen eastern coastal line were brought to a standstill on Monday due to an unattended package mistakenly left behind by a Swedish citizen.

Danish train evacuated after forgetful Swedish passenger leaves parcel
File photo: Morten Juhl/Ritzau Scanpix

North Zealand Police were alerted to a suspicious package at 1pm on Monday. The object was seen on a train at the Rungsted Kyst station.

All passengers on board the train were evacuated, and services between stations at Helsingør and Skodsborg were halted. Replacement buses took over while police investigated the issue.

Happily, it did not take long for the matter to be resolved. The package was in fact a parcel ready to be posted and had both the sender’s and recipient’s name printed on it.

It belonged to a Swedish citizen who had forgotten to take it with them when disembarking the train, police confirmed.

“We have been in contact with both the sender and the recipient,” North Zealand Police senior duty officer Søren Bjørnestad said.

“The Swedish citizen had left the package in the train on Sunday and had already reported it as lost property with the Swedish rail operators,” Bjørnestad added.

The Kystbanen (Coast Line), which operates between Copenhagen and Helsingør, opened again around 3pm on Monday. Along with a network of railways in Swedish region Scania, the line is run by DSB Øresund, part of Denmark’s national rail operator DSB.

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Passenger brings Denmark-Sweden train to emergency stop after realizing he was ‘going the wrong way’

A train over the Öresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden was brought to a sharp halt on Tuesday after one of the passengers discovered he was travelling in the wrong direction and pulled the emergency brake.

Passenger brings Denmark-Sweden train to emergency stop after realizing he was 'going the wrong way'
An Öresundtåg crossing Pepparholmen, the artificial island built to reduce the length of the Öresund bridge. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
According to Thomas Johansson, press spokesman for the Öresundståg train service, the train had just left Copenhagen Airport and started to travel towards Malmö when the man — realizing that he was going towards Sweden and not Central Copenhagen as he intended — pulled the brake. 
“The train was ten to 15 minutes late, and the person who pulled the brake was taken in by the police and sent back to Copenhagen,” Johansson said.  
He said he believed that the man who pulled on the brake had been fined by the Danish police. 
“If you're going the wrong way, you can't just pull the emergency break. It's illegal.” 
The train driver announced what had happened over the loudspeaker, to inform weary Öresund commuters that this time, instead of the delay being the fault of the train company, it was the fault of one of the passengers.