Eurostar resumes after death on line

2nd March 2015, Comments 0 comments

Eurostar service restarted Monday evening following a series of cancellations sparked when a person was struck and killed by a train on the English side of the cross-Channel service.

Trains began running again at 1700 GMT and service is expected to operate as normal on Tuesday, Eurostar -- which offers passenger rail services between London, Brussels and Paris -- said in a statement.

The line was shut down after a person was hit between Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International stations. A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said officers were called to the scene at 1142 GMT.

"Medics from South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended the incident, but the person was pronounced dead at the scene," said the spokeswoman.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Of the 17 cancelled services, seven were from London to Paris, four from Paris to London, three from London to Brussels and three from Brussels to London.

Eurostar has suffered a tough start to 2015, having already cancelled services due to electrical problems and a lorry fire.

Some 400 trains and 1.5 million lorries pass through the tunnel every day.


© 2015 AFP

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