Danish authorities detained a truck driver after spoiled potatoes caused a traffic jam on the bridge. According to the statements made by the Danish police, a truck driver who is 57 years old was caught when sacks of potatoes were discovered on a bridge that connects two Danish islands. The motorist was detained on the allegation that he or she had put other people’s lives at imminent risk.
Kenneth Taanquist, a spokeswoman for the police department, stated that the initial report of a spill was made on the side of the Storebaelt Bridge that faces westbound traffic early on Thursday morning. The island on which the Danish capital of Copenhagen is situated is linked to the rest of Denmark using the bridge.
Shortly after that, Taanquist mentioned that a similar situation occurred on the eastbound side of the highway. He remarked that it had an odd appearance. “We are working on two hypotheses: either it was an accident or done deliberately.”
The roads, according to the police, had gotten icy, so they advised cars to slow down significantly. It was stated by the Danish Road Directorate that there were queues of vehicles on either side of the 18-kilometer (11-mile) bridge and tunnel that connects the islands of Funen and Zealand. Funen is home to Odense, the third largest city in Denmark, and Zealand is where the capital city of Copenhagen is found.
A third instance of potatoes on the road was observed in the general vicinity of Kolding, located on the Jutland peninsula. The town of Kolding is located next to the Storebaelt Bridge.
The Danish public broadcaster DR reported that the potato spills occurred when the Danish parliament approved taxing diesel trucks transporting high loads.
Truck drivers have voiced their opposition to the recently implemented policy. Over the past few weeks, they have peacefully blocked highways and important routes around Denmark, arguing that the tax will make it impossible for them to maintain their current standard of living. Most members of the Danish parliament believe that the tax should be implemented since the continuous use of gasoline and diesel-powered trucks is detrimental to the environment.
The drivers of gasoline and diesel cars weighing more than 3.5 tons (7,716 lb) will be subject to a tax of 1.3 Danish kroner (15p) per kilometer beginning in 2025.
Torben Dyhl Hjorth, a spokeswoman for the protesting truckers, stated on Facebook that they “strongly distance themselves from today’s’stunts'” The drivers intend to hold a demonstration at a later time when they believe it will “be felt but without risk to people’s lives and wellbeing.”