Don’t miss a thing! Sign up to the Daily Star’s newsletter
We have more newsletters
Frightened Eurotunnel passengers spent almost five hours stranded under the English Channel after their train broke down.
Following an issue with Tuesday's (August 23) 3.50pm Le Shuttle service from Calais to Folkestone, the hundreds of customers onboard were transferred onto a cargo train in a service tunnel, which also developed a problem of its own.
Social media videos soon emerged of people and families – some with dogs and suitcases – walking through the alternative tunnel, which runs alongside the 31-mile rail route between England and France.
READ MORE: Brit dad fights for life after banging head in Mexico hotel room day before flying home
With gridlock building, members of the public were then told to stay away from Eurotunnel's Calais terminal until 6am this morning (August 24).
Commenting on the fiasco, Michael Harrison, from Kent, told the PA news agency that the initial train broke down just 10 minutes into the journey as passengers were told there was a problem with its wheels.
He added that a one-and-a-half hour investigation then took place before the train set off again, only to be once more brought to a halt five minutes later.
Following another two-hour wait, according to Mr Harrison, that train was evacuated and the passengers made their way to the service tunnel via an emergency link route.
A 10-minute walk to the cargo train ensued, only for it to hit a standstill to the astonishment of everybody present.
An unnamed passenger said that "several people were freaking out about being down in the service tunnel, it’s a bit of a weird place".
Kate Scott, 43, also described how a planned 35-minute journey from Calais to Folkestone had taken her and her family almost eight hours, with people getting agitated due to the lack of air con.
To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.
Another passenger, Sarah Fellows, 37, added: "The service tunnel was terrifying. It was like a disaster movie.
“You were just walking into the abyss not knowing what was happening. We all had to stay under the sea in this big queue.
“Fire and rescue were there. There was a woman crying in the tunnel, another woman having a panic attack who was travelling alone.
"They were expecting really older people to walk for a mile down the middle of a tunnel under the sea. It was utter carnage when we arrived in Folkestone as they hadn’t really prepared for us arriving.
"I was panicking at one point and Border Force told us the tunnel had been evacuated one other time in the last 17 years."
Twitter erupts over penis-shaped weather map with some suggesting a 'cock-up'
Regular sex boosts your health as much as giving up booze and cigarettes, say doctors
Mum trapped in Tesco car park chaos during match day heatwave fined £70 for overstay
Balaclava gunman, hail of bullets and mystery Audi – final moments of Olivia Pratt-Korbel
Eccentric Brit pensioner loves Putin and proudly waves Russian flag outside flat
- In the News
Source: Read Full Article