(Adds details from Eurostar statement, paragraphs 6-8)
LONDON, July 7 Hundreds of passengers were
evacuated from the Channel Tunnel on Monday after a train broke
down due to a problem with overhead wires, resulting in long
delays on the crossing between Britain and France.
A spokesman for operator Eurotunnel said a problem with the
overhead catenary, which supplies the power to trains, led to a
vehicle shuttle becoming stuck at about 0630 GMT on Monday.
"We transferred customers through the service tunnel and
onto an empty train," he said.
"We are in the process now of extracting the shuttle, and we
will take it to France subsequently to reunite the customers
with their vehicles."
The Channel Tunnel, a 50-km (30-mile) link between
Folkestone in south east England and Coquelles in northern
France, is used by shuttles carrying cars and lorries, and by
Eurostar train services between London, Paris and Brussels.
Latest operational updates suggested that the tunnel would
partially re-open at 0500 GMT on Tuesday. Until then, engineers
would keep working to restore full power to affected sections of
the tunnel, Eurostar said in a statement.
However, Eurotunnel was expecting further disruptions in
services on Tuesday and was cancelling four Eurostar trains,
which included two services from London, one from Brussels and
another from Paris, the company added.
The breakdown forced Eurostar to cancel three services from
London and two services from both Brussels and Paris on Monday.
It had said that remaining services were suffering major delays.
(Reporting by Paul Sandle and Esha Vaish; Editing by Ruth
Pitchford and David Gregorio)