The bridge closure was part of a search for a Swedish vehicle whose occupants are suspected of “serious crimes”, according to Copenhagen Police.
“In connection with an ongoing investigation, Copenhagen Police are searching for a Swedish-registered Volvo V90 with licence plate number ZBP 546,” a police press release stated. “In the vehicle there are likely three people who are connected to serious crimes.”
The Öresund Bridge was closed in the direction of Sweden at around 2pm, but traffic in the direction of Denmark was not affected. Police also closed a number of other bridge connections in Denmark, including the Great Belt Fixed Link (Storbæltsbroen) between the islands of Funen and Zealand.
Just before 3pm, Copenhagen Police announced that the re-opening of the bridge was imminent, as was the continuation of train traffic out of Copenhagen Central Station, which had also been temporarily halted.
Jens Genders, a spokesman for the Öresund Bridge Consortium (Øresundsbron), confirmed the closure and said it was done “at the request of police”. Ferry routes, including the one connecting Helsingborg, Sweden to Helsingør, Denmark, were also temporarily closed.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported that the police action was in response to an alleged kidnapping on Zealand, the Danish island that includes the Copenhagen metro area. The bridges and ferries were reportedly closed to ensure that the Swedish-registered vehicle could not leave the island. The vehicle is reportedly a rental car, but Aftonbladet’s report had not been confirmed by police as of 3:30pm.