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Panic in Eurotunnel: Hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated after an incident in France

panic attacks and crying: A scene of terror was experienced in Europe yesterday afternoon. Hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated from the Channel Tunnel -The railway tunnel that crosses the English Channel between the United Kingdom and France- caused by an incident in a train. According to operating company GetLink, the situation caused a delay of hours in circulation.

Around 400 people had to leave the trainAccording to information communicated by the company, which manages the tunnel between the cities of Coquelles in the north of France and Folkestone in the south-east of England.

According to a company spokesperson, The incident happened due to the alarm installed in the train car.

Immediately, passengers had to exit through a service tunnel usually used by maintenance workers.

spread allA 37 year old traveler described the experience as “Horrible”.

“A woman was crying in the tunnel, another woman traveling alone had a panic attack”They told.

After spending five hours in the tunnel under the English Channel, the passengers were transferred to a freight train. “I was on the broken train. Now sitting on a freight train is having trouble gaining traction,” user Michael Harrison said, along with a postcard of the situation, picturing his message on Twitter.

“Waiting in the service tunnel after it was empty five and a half hours after leaving Calais,” said Kate Scott, who later announced her arrival at Folkestone. Due to the incident, the tunnel was also affected by heavy traffic congestion.

for its part, john keefeThe company GetLink, told the press that the passengers had been transferred to Folkestone, in the south-east of England.

“Such operations take time, but they are done for everyone’s safety and should be done with care”Keefe noted.

The incident affected the train that departed Calais on Tuesday afternoon and trains from France experienced delays of up to six hours.

The Channel Tunnel revolutionized travel between the UK and mainland Europe. Since its opening in May 1994. The journey went much faster than the equivalent ferry route.

The idea for the project was discussed in 1988, 180 years before British and French workers began digging each other.

In total, it took 13,000 workers six years to build a tunnel more than 50 kilometers long, of which 37.8 kilometers run under water. making it the longest of its kind in the world.

With information from the AFP agency

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