Hundreds of people were evacuated from the subway tunnel. Photo/CNN
Getlink, the operator that runs the rail link between Coquelles in northern France and Folkestone in southeast England, said around 400 people had to leave their vehicles on the trains.
Alarms aboard the train forced crowds of people to leave the train for an adjoining concrete tunnel, usually used by maintenance workers.
One passenger, Sarah Fellows, 37, called the experience terrible.
“There was one woman crying in the tunnel, another woman having a panic attack traveling alone,” she said CBS NewsThursday (25/8/2022).
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Another traveler, Michael Kent, said passengers spent several hours on the train before being evacuated as staff tried to solve the problem.
Another passenger, Michael Harrison, tweeted photos of the entire event, showing passengers waiting for hours inside the sprawling train and then walking through a service tunnel before finally being taken by bus back to the terminal.
The passengers were eventually transferred to a replacement train, but spent nearly five hours in the underwater tunnel.
The incident affected a train that departed from Calais at 3:50 p.m. local time on Tuesday. Then the train from France was delayed by up to six hours.