Eurotunnel Passengers Evacuated

Nearly 100 passengers were evacuated from the Channel Tunnel today following a fault with an overhead cable, Eurotunnel said.

The company said 97 people on the 1.24am service from Folkestone in Kent to Calais were stuck in their vehicles for two hours due to the fault.

The problem was reported 10 minutes into the journey from the Folkestone side, and passengers were evacuated with the help of firefighters.

Passengers were eventually led to a service tunnel before being returned on another shuttle to Folkestone for refreshments, Eurotunnel said.

Once the affected shuttle had been towed back to the UK, the passengers were reunited with their vehicles and continued their journey across the Channel.

A Eurotunnel spokeswoman said: ``Everybody was safe at all times and no other trains were stopped.''

Delays were being experienced to Eurotunnel freight and passenger services while repairs were carried out.