Eurostar Operational Again After Person Struck by Train
The high-speed railway service, Eurostar, which connects England to France and Brussels, is once again operational after a person was struck by a train and was pronounced dead on the scene Monday morning.
According to Lizzie Dearden of The Independent, the incident took place around 11.45 a.m. local time between Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International stations. The death caused the suspension of all trains temporarily.
Police closed the train line between the two stations to conduct an investigation of the incident, causing massive delays and cancellations. Eurostar officials advised travelers to exchange or refund their tickets for another day.
The official Twitter account of Eurostar issued an initial warning for those who were looking to take the train Monday and followed up a few hours later with the news that the service had once again started running trains on the line:
Following the disruptions today due to a person hit by a train we are strongly advising not to travel.— Eurostar (@Eurostar) March 2, 2015
Eurostar traffic has resumed, we expect to run a normal service tomorrow.— Eurostar (@Eurostar) March 2, 2015
The schedule of departures and arrivals should be back to normal by Tuesday.
For travelers, delays and cancellations can have a major chain-reaction effect. While the incident took place between Ashford and Ebbsfleet, anyone trying to take the Eurostar Monday was forced to wait patiently or find alternate ways of getting to their destination.
Some riders took to Twitter to complain about the delays, including Danielle Meder:
Delay level: ludicrous. This Eurostar is my new official residence.— Danielle Meder (@finalfashion) March 2, 2015
A death on the line is a serious incident that should be handled with the utmost class and respect by the company. Delaying the train until the proper authorities had completed their initial investigation justified the decision to shut down the Eurostar Monday.
While the delays and cancellations were a major inconvenience to travelers, the loss of a human life must take priority. The Eurostar officials handled this situation in the best possible manner for all parties involved.
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