Eurotunnel passengers evacuated
Ninety-seven passengers had to be evacuated from a
Eurotunnel train in the early hours of this morning.
The train was stopped a short way into the tunnel from the
Folkestone side due to a technical problem at 1.30am.
A Eurotunnel spokesman said it was decided to evacuate the
passengers while repairs were carried out.
They were brought out on another train and their vehicles were
returned to the UK later on Tuesday once the train had been towed
The repairs meant delays to tunnel services for the rest of the
The Eurotunnel spokesman said: "There was a technical fault
which meant one of the shuttles had to stop.
"Because repairs would take some time, it was decided to bring
the passengers back to the surface.
"They were brought out quickly and without problems by another
train and given refreshments while they waited to be reunited with
"There are short delays to passenger services and greater delays
to freight, which is heavier at this time of the week, while we
complete the repairs."
The evacuation was carried out by firefighters from the
emergency response team based at the tunnel and crews from
Folkestone, Hythe, Dover and Ashford.
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