Six people have been killed in a train accident on a bridge connecting two main islands in Denmark.

Local media reported a passenger train braked suddenly after being hit by a tarpaulin on a freight train travelling in the opposite direction.

Eight people are also reported to be injured.

The passenger train was heading towards capital Copenhagen – having departed from the city of Odense – when the accident happened around 8am local time on Wednesday.

The Storebaelt bridge, also known as the Great Belt Fixed Link, joins Denmark’s two most-populated islands of Zealand and Funen.

The road and rail bridge is part of a transport system consisting of a road suspension bridge and a railway tunnel.

It was closed to cars on Wednesday because of strong winds, but trains could pass.

The severe storm was making it difficult for emergency services to reach the passenger train.

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