First Capital Connect trains evacuated after balloon hits cables

Two passenger trains were evacuated after a child's foil balloon hit overhead cables, causing a power cut in Cambridgeshire.

Train operator First Capital Connect said the trains were stopped at 12:50 GMT just south of Huntingdon.

All lines were blocked and passengers going in both directions on the Peterborough to King's Cross East Coast Mainline route were taken off, he said.

Delays continued after the lines opened and services resumed.

Passengers on board the 10:45 GMT service from Leeds were stuck at Huntingdon for more than three hours, a spokesman for operator East Coast Trains confirmed.

'Alternative routes'

Their train was being "diesel-hauled" the rest of the way to London, he added.

Passengers were advised to check for the latest details about delays on the East Coast or First Capital Connect websites.

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