Denmark: Trucker detained after huge potato spill delays traffic on Storebaelt bridge

A truck driver was detained yesterday after a load of potatoes was found spilled on a key bridge linking the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen. The driver was held on suspicion of causing reckless endangerment to life. A first spill was reported on the westbound side of the Storebaelt bridge early in the morning. Police spokesman Kenneth Taanquist said that a similar incident happened on the eastbound side a short time later: "It looks weird. We are working on two hypotheses: it is either an accident or it is something that has been done deliberately."

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Police said the roads had become slippery and urged drivers to drive slowly. According to the Danish Road Directorate, lines of vehicles were reported on either side of the roughly 11-mile bridge and tunnel link. A third incident of potatoes on the road was reported near the town of Kolding on the Jutland peninsula. Kolding is near the Storebaelt bridge.


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