Channel tunnel traffic briefly suspended after fire

29th November 2012, Comments 0 comments

Traffic in the Channel tunnel linking Britain and France was suspended for two hours on Thursday after a fire on a cargo shuttle that caused no injuries, its operator Eurotunnel said.

Traffic was interrupted between 1300 GMT and 1500 GMT, Eurotunnel's director for operational communications Yves Szrama told AFP.

The fire was detected around 1300 GMT after it broke out on a cargo shuttle carrying 29 trucks as it travelled towards France and was about seven kilometres (four miles) from the tunnel's exit.

"The convoy was led out of the tunnel on an emergency lane, where it was met by firefighters," Szrama said. "Only one truck and its cargo was destroyed."

He said none of the 36 people aboard the shuttle, including truck drivers and Eurotunnel staff, were injured.

© 2012 AFP

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