Violent incident in Odense culminates in hit-and-run

One person was deliberately run over with a car after a fight involving several people in Odense, witnesses said on Sunday night.

Violent incident in Odense culminates in hit-and-run
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Police in the city found a white Mercedes with damage and bloodstains following the altercation.

Witnesses said that one person was deliberately driven into following a fistfight involving several people, lead officer Ehm Christensen of Funen Police said according to Ritzau.

“We received a report at 7:05pm regarding a large fight between two groups at Korsløkkehaven (street), but when we arrived, nobody was there,” Christensen said.

“Ten minutes later, we received a report that three cars had crashed into each other and one person had been deliberately run over,” the police officer added.

The three cars were found by police parked on the central Heltzensgade street, while a fourth car, a white Mercedes believed to have been used to run down the victim, could not be located.

None of the individuals involved, including the person who had been run over, could initially be located by police.

But the Mercedes was later found on Ørstedsgade, to the west of the city centre, showing damage and traces of blood.

Police are now investigating the incident, including examination of all three streets in Odense, Denmark’s third-largest city.

No confirmation has been given by police regarding whether the incident may have involved organised crime gangs.

On Monday morning, Christensen said that three people had been arrested in “various parts of the city” during Sunday night. He declined to comment further on the individuals.

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Odense: Light rail in Danish city delayed until 2022

The new Light Rail (Letbane) in Denmark’s third-largest city Odense will not open until next year. It was scheduled for completion in 2021.

Odense: Light rail in Danish city delayed until 2022
Construction of the light rail in Odense. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

The delay was confirmed by transport minister Benny Engelbrecht in a written notification to parliament.

 “The beginning of operations at Odense Letbane will be delayed from September 1st 2021 until around New Year 2021-22,” the statement reads.

“This is because the company [Odense Letbane, ed,] can confirm that the [contractor] cannot live up to agreed schedule for handover of the transport system, apparently as a consequence of Covid-19,” Engelbrecht also wrote.

In a statement, Odense Letbane said that the primary contractor, Comsa, had recently given notice that the development would be delayed.

“We have recently been able to see that it would be more difficult for Comsa to finish in time for the planned opening. We have naturally maintained pressure on Comsa for as long as possible,” Odense Letbane CEO Mogens Hagelskær said in the statement, which was reported by TV2 Fyn.

“But the primary contractor has now presented a new schedule… and we must unfortunately concede that the light rail will not be able to open until around New Year,” Hagelskær added.

Spanish firm Comsa has said that the ongoing situation related to the coronavirus across Europe has resulted in difficulties in supplying labour and materials for the project in Denmark. The company has also had to adapt its working methods, which involve housing labourers in small groups, TV2 Fyn reports.

In 2017, a light rail system in Aarhus opened after also experiencing construction delays.