Kent

Train evacuated in Channel Tunnel after cable fault

  • 15 February 2011
  • From the section Kent

Nearly 100 passengers were evacuated from a Eurotunnel train after it stopped inside the Channel Tunnel 10 minutes into their journey.

Eurotunnel said 97 passengers on the 0124 GMT service from Folkestone to Calais were stuck in their vehicles for two hours.

The company said the train was halted by a fault with an overhead cable.

Passengers were moved to an evacuation train by firefighters before continuing their journey to France.

Eurotunnel said its customers were safe at all times and no other services were affected.

Passengers were reunited with their vehicles after the original train was towed out of the tunnel.

Eurotunnel freight and passenger services were disrupted on Tuesday but were back to normal by 1600 GMT.

A spokesman said the incident had been dealt with, the tunnel was operating normally, and there was no delays for passenger trains.

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