740 Evacuated in Latest Eurostar Snafu

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2010 3:00 AM CST
740 Evacuated in Latest Eurostar Snafu
A Eurostar train arrives at St. Pancras International station in central London.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Some 740 passengers had to be evacuated from a packed Eurostar train from Paris last night after the electricity failed. Passengers were plunged into darkness as they awaited rescuers with ladders shortly after the train left the chunnel and headed toward London.

"It is stiflingly hot, the loos are not working and the only light we have is from mobile phones and someone's laptop," one stranded passenger phoned the Telegraph. It's only the latest major snafu to strike the high speed train operation, and company officials have already launched an investigation. (Read more Eurostar stories.)

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