Eurotunnel Train Halt Forces 382 Passengers to EvacuateKari Lundgren
A Groupe Eurotunnel SA vehicle-shuttle train was brought to a station in France after a power-system fault that caused it to halt in mid-tunnel under the English Channel forced the evacuation of 382 passengers early today.
Services are operating at an average one-hour delay as one tunnel tube is still blocked while technicians work on restoring the power supply, John Keefe, a spokesman for Eurotunnel, said by phone.
Travelers who evacuated went to the tube that was still operational and were picked up by another train that brought them to France, Keefe said, without specifying the stations where the train or the passengers arrived. The train was also carrying 142 cars and two buses.
Eurotunnel manages the Channel Tunnel and runs rail shuttles that take cars, coaches and trucks between terminals in Folkestone, England, and Calais, France. Eurostar Group Ltd., a separate company which operates passenger-only trains linking London with Paris and Brussels via the tunnel, is rebooking some passengers onto other services amid the traffic restrictions, a spokesman said.