Fire in truck engine shuts Channel Tunnel

21st August 2006, Comments 0 comments

CALAIS, France, Aug 21, 2006 (AFP) - Services were suspended for several hours in the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France on Monday after a truck engine caught fire, sending smoke through the rail link, the Eurotunnel company said.

CALAIS, France, Aug 21, 2006 (AFP) - Services were suspended for several hours in the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France on Monday after a truck engine caught fire, sending smoke through the rail link, the Eurotunnel company said.

Passengers on board the shuttle train carrying the truck were evacuated safely and Eurotunnel, which runs the undersea tunnel, stopped other traffic from entering while the blaze was quickly extinguished.

No one was injured and services were expected to resume later Monday after a safety check.

French and British firefighters handled the evacuation, which a spokeswoman for the Eurostar passenger train company said "was carried out smoothly."

Eurotunnel said the fire broke out on a refrigerated truck loaded onto the Shuttle, a freight wagon used to transport vehicles. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.

The incident happened in the first stretch of the British side of the tunnel, in the direction towards France.

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Subject: French news

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