Tragic weekend marks start of spring

Three deaths at a railway crossing, two murders and several accidental drownings were reported since Friday

Several tragic deaths were recorded over the weekend after a spate of accidents and crimes.

A 47-year-old father and his two children, aged 12 and 15, were killed on Saturday when their car was struck by a train as it passed over a crossing near Vidderup in Jutland. The crossing had no barrier and was only equipped with lights and sound to warn against approaching trains, though neighbours told tabloid BT that the signals often didn’t work.

A 61-year-old man drowned in the river Kolding Å on Saturday night after police said he accidentally fell into the water.

A canoe trip in Sweden also had tragic consequences for a 46-year-old Danish woman on Saturday. The woman was paddling with three others on the large river Emån when her canoe capsized in a strong current throwing her and her passenger into the water. While the passenger swam to safety, the 46-year-old was held under the water by the canoe, which was trapped between rocks. She was eventually freed but was declared dead when she arrived at hospital.

Also on Saturday, a two-year-old drowned in a swimming pool at a camping area in Jutland. The child was found lying lifeless by her grandfather in the disused pool at Farsø Fjord Camping.

On Sunday, a 19-year-old man was arrested in Rudkøbing on suspicion of stabbing his 46-year-old mother to death and a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in the Copenhagen suburb of Tingbjerg. No suspects have yet been apprehended and Copenhagen Police said this morning that they do not currently believe it is connected to the ongoing gang war.

And finally, on Monday morning, divers recovered a body floating off the coast of Juelsminde in eastern Jutland. Police at this point have not confirmed if the body is connected to the disappearance of two 18-year-old boys whose boat was found in the same area late last month.