Eurostar blaze - services closed and six injured

12th Sep 2008

Eurostar services are back up and running this weekend following a blaze on a freight shuttle in the Channel Tunnel on Thursday that injured six people and forced the closure of the undersea link.Rescuers evacuated dozens of truck drivers from the tunnel after an explosion and fire on the shuttle.
Six people suffered smoke inhalation after the blaze took hold on a truck being transported from Britain to France.
Wagons were still on fire nearly 15 hours after the blaze broke out.
“Two shuttle wagons are still on fire which is hard to put out,” the spokesman said.
“Firefighters made some progress but they’re working in difficult conditions because of the flames and the heat which is still around 1,000 degrees. It slows them down.”
About 40 French and 20 British firefighters were involved in the operation.
Thousands of people were stranded in London, Paris and Brussels, and huge traffic tailbacks built up on either side of the Channel after the tunnel was closed.


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