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Major delays in Europe after Channel Tunnel power failure

Published on Jul 7, 2014 7:00 PM
 
A high-speed Eurostar train leaves the Channel tunnel in Coquelles, near Calais, May 5, 2014. Nearly 400 passengers had to be evacuated from the Channel Tunnel on Monday, July 7, 2014 after a power failure caused their train to stop mid-tunnel, sparking major delays and cancellations on the car service and the Eurostar. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Nearly 400 passengers had to be evacuated from the Channel Tunnel on Monday after a power failure caused their train to stop mid-tunnel, sparking major delays and cancellations on the car service and the Eurostar.

The Eurotunnel car shuttle from Britain to France came to a halt at about 7:30am (0630 GMT), about a quarter of the way through the 50km long tunnel, after a problem with the overhead power supply, a spokesman said.

The 382 people and four dogs on board were transferred to the French terminal, where they should be reunited with their cars once their train can be moved.

In the meantime, some trains are still running on one of the two tunnels which is operational but delays are expected throughout the day.

 
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