Friday 9 December 2016

Eurostar services returning to normal after train hits wild boar in France

Published 02/10/2016 | 20:01

Eurostar services faced delays on Sunday afternoon after a train collided with a wild boar
Eurostar services faced delays on Sunday afternoon after a train collided with a wild boar

Services are returning to normal after a Eurostar train hit a wild boar which had strayed onto the track, causing delays as a safety inspection took place.

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The 14.22 service from London St Pancras to Paris on Sunday was delayed for about an hour after colliding with the animal in the Haute Picardie area of northern France.

A Eurostar spokesman said this led to minor delays to other services as temporary speed restrictions were put in place.

The spokesman said: "The collision caused a few delays as the train was stopped to be checked. After any collision we need to make sure everything is safe.

"There are wild boars in that area, which can take it upon themselves to roam from their area onto the track."

He added that the train arrived safely in Paris, suggesting it was not seriously damaged.

It is understood no-one was injured but there has been no further information about the wild boar.

While services appeared to be running as normal by 7.30pm, the company's website still warned passengers of possible delays.

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