Cold Strands 4 Trains Under English Channel

Eurostar cites 'severe problems,' sends rescue
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2009 7:01 PM CST
Updated Dec 18, 2009 10:38 PM CST
This 2008 file photo shows a Eurostar train entering the Channel tunnel off Coquelles, northern France.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Four passenger trains—and some 2,000 passengers—are stuck in the tunnel underneath the English Channel, due to “severe problems” caused by the combination of unseasonable cold outside and the warm air inside. At least three were bound from Paris to London, AFP reports, and, says a Eurostar official, “we are trying to get them out with a rescue locomotive.” Meanwhile, the Guardian adds, delays are piling up on both sides of the Channel, as the tunnel has been closed since Friday afternoon.

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