Some 200 passengers of a train were evacuated Wednesday evening (June 7th) in Austria following a fire on board, while crossing a tunnel, the authorities said. About 45 passengers were lightly injured, probably due to smoke inhalation, local police told AFP.
The train bound for Hamburg and Amsterdam was passing through a tunnel near the Austrian Alps city of Innsbruck on Wednesday night when an overhead power cable broke, a spokesman for Austrian rail operator OeBB told AFP. In addition to passengers, the train was also carrying cars and one or more of them caught fire because of the damaged cable, the spokesman said.
"The fire was extinguished at 22:19 (20:19 GMT) and the evacuation was completed by 23:40 local time (21:40 GMT)," the official added. The OeBB train had left Vienna on Wednesday evening and was due to arrive in Amsterdam on Thursday morning.