Trains stuck in Channel tunnel

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A tourist shuttle train and a high-speed Eurostar train were stuck in the Channel tunnel after a power failure. Passengers on the car-carrying shuttle 10 miles out from the English coast reported hearing a loud bang and seeing a flash as the train tripped overhead lines. It was half an hour before the two trains were able to move and large queues of vehicles built up at the Folkestone terminal in Kent. A section of the French-bound tunnel was closed for several hours for repairs to the power lines.

Eurotunnel had to reduce the number of shuttles running through the tunnel as well as suspend trials of its freight shuttle trains, which the company hopes to restart in mid-June following last November's fire. The company said no passengers had been in danger apologised for the inconvenience.