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近400人因事故滞留英吉利海峡隧道

2014-07-09    来源:未知    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

概要:据英国《每日邮报》7月7日报道,周日一辆在英吉利海峡隧道行驶的火车撞在了跌落在轨道上的电缆装置上,火车随即停运,导致近400名旅客在隧道内滞留。

由于事故车堵塞了隧道内的两排行车道近一天的时间,所以有上千名旅客的出行受到了影响。

事故发生在早上7:30左右,在列车从英国东南部的福克斯顿驶向法国加莱的1/4路段时,隧道发生故障。

20分钟后,近400名乘客和4条狗由官员和紧急救护人员疏导着离开列车,来到了位于两条往返隧道间的辅助隧道。他们每人拿到了一份疏散包裹,里面装有:笔、笔记本、纸牌、手电筒、扇子、水和湿巾。

半小时后,他们来到了另一侧隧道,搭乘了由加莱驶来的车辆回到始发地英国。英吉利海峡隧道方指责事故是由于脱落的电力电缆造成的,脱落的原因还有待近一步调查。

Smile! We're stuck in Channel Tunnel: 400 evacuated as train breakdown sparks chaos

Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from inside broken-down Eurotunnel train on way to France this morning

The service, which carries cars, was stopped after a power problem and passengers said they heard a loud bang

382 passengers and four dogs were evacuated to another and taken to French terminal in Calais to wait for cars

Eurostar also cancelled four services today and warned of major delays - asking people only to travel if necessary

Hundreds of passengers wait patiently to be rescued yesterday after being trapped in the Channel Tunnel.

Many took selfies and other photos of the scene as they were evacuated from a car shuttle train which hit fallen power cables eight miles in.

The incident blocked one of the tunnel’s two tracks for most of the day, throwing the travel plans of thousands of holidaymakers and other passengers into chaos.

Massive queues built up at London St Pancras and Folkestone.

There were fears of a knock-on effect today but operator Eurotunnel said it hoped services would return to normal by this morning.

BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth was among those whose plans were hit.


Stranded: Hundreds of passengers were left stranded in the Channel Tunnel and forced to get off their train and walk along a service tunnel (pictured) after a massive power failure
 

Her Eurostar train took five hours to make the journey from London to Lille instead of the normal 90 minutes.

The incident began at about 7.30am when the Eurotunnel shuttle service from Folkestone to Calais ground to a halt about a quarter of the way into its journey.

Some 20 minutes later, nearly 400 passengers – and four dogs – were ordered to abandon their vehicles and were ushered by officials and emergency services into the service tunnel that runs between the two main rail tunnels.

They were given evacuation packs containing a pen, notepad, playing cards, torch, fan, water and wet wipes.

Passenger Richard Byrom said: ‘All of a sudden I heard this crashing noise. It didn’t sound like the train itself had crashed but it came to a grinding halt. There was this scraping sound, like the cables were entangled. For about 20 minutes the train just stopped and we didn’t know what had happened.

‘Eventually they said they are going to take us off because they couldn’t move our train.’

After a half-hour wait, they walked to the other rail tunnel to board a train sent from Calais to pick them up. Eurotunnel blamed the incident on fallen power cables but said it was unclear how it had happened.

A spokesman said the affected train had suddenly lost power and come to a ‘controlled stop’, adding: ‘We know it was a problem linked to the overhead power supply but we don’t know what exactly caused it.’

Services were delayed or cancelled as the broken down shuttle was hauled to Calais where, some eight hours later, the passengers were reunited with their vehicles.

Those trains that ran to and from France took it in turns to use the track that remained operational.

Many drivers booked to use the shuttle service opted to take ferries from Dover instead, causing long tailbacks on the M20.

Eurostar passengers in London were warned of five-hour delays – or told their train had been cancelled and they would have to rebook.

Gavin Nicholls, 37, from Edinburgh, going on holiday with his wife and son to Slovenia via Paris, said: ‘If we can’t travel today and we have to rebook our connecting tickets, it could be a nightmare. It could cost us more than £1,000.’

Simon Clark, 44, from Bedford, said: ‘They said our train has been cancelled and to book another ticket, but there’s a massive queue.’

Newsreader Miss Raworth tweeted: ‘Stuck outside Channel Tunnel entrance at Folkestone... I’m only going for the day!’ Later she tweeted: ‘Crew on the 8:58 London to Brussels were great ... & handing out free chocolate.’

Miss Raworth spoke to BBC news bulletins from the halted train to describe her ordeal. On reaching Lille, she tweeted: ‘5 hours later... made it! I’d be delighted if it weren’t for the fact I’m on #eurostar home in 6 hrs. In theory...’

Also delayed was new Ukip MEP Patrick O’Flynn. He wants Britain to get out of Europe – but waited three hours trying to get in.

Eurotunnel said it would work through last night to fix the power lines and hoped services would return to normal by 6.30am today. But there were fears the Tour de France would face disruption. The riders flew out from London City Airport but more than 1,000 support vehicles were seeking to cross the Channel by ferry last night.

The south tunnel takes trains from France to the UK and the north tunnel from the UK to France.

A smaller service tunnel runs between them and is connected to both at 375 metre intervals.

This allows access for maintenance and emergency services and also serves as a safe haven if passengers need to be evacuated from their train in an incident.

In order to deal with blockages, the two main tunnels are each split into three 'intervals'.

These are designed in a way which means that if a train breaks down inside, services can still run through the length of the tunnel.

This is possible because the Channel Tunnel has two undersea crossovers allowing trains to pass from one tunnel to the other to avoid and isolate a section of tunnel that is blocked.

Today almost 400 people were walked from interval two in the north tunnel into the service tunnel and then into a train waiting in interval one in the the south tunnel.

The train then used a crossover to take it back into interval four and then along the correct tunnel that nearly always takes services to France.

Throughout today trains from France to Britain will take the same route for ninety minutes and then will be forced to wait as trains from Britain to France do the same.

This means that services will still run under the Channel but with long delays because of the queuing system in place until the train blocking the tunnel is removed.



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