Channel Tunnel closed by fire

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    Certainly creating a LOT of problems for my line of work - Haulage!

    Hundreds of trucks stuck in Calais and Dover.
     
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    From reports it would appear the accident occurred when a tanker lorry containing phenol "overturned" :confused:
    How can a lorry just "overturn"? Presumably because it wasn't properly secured? :eek: AND a tanker full of phenol? :( reasonably high flash point but nasty toxic corrosive liquid all the same. I certainly would not want to share a confined space with a lorry load of it! :( Should have been ferry cargo IMHO.
     
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    Of course a truck which is parked in a straight line onboard a train can NOT overturn. A whole load of bs if you ask me. Something has happened. Perhaps a bomb and they just want to keep it quiet? Perhaps a truck full of hazardous cargo (they are not allowed to be shipped through the tunnel)?
     
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    The truck couldn't over turn, the cage the truck was in is only 12 ft wide and there is no room for it to turn over, also the truck that is supposed to have caused the fire wasn't carrying the phenol, the phenol was in a truck 2 or 3carriages behind the fire, and was only carrying limited quantities (1 pallet) of the phenol.
    What is more worrying is that the safety procedures seem not to have been followed, most of the drivers on the train were not able to understand the safety procedures that are in place should an incident like this happen.

    I have the misfortune of having to cross the channel tomorrow so will be in operation stack for most of the day no doubt :crazy: :( :eek:
     
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    Why not.? The train changed direction at points and a lorry could roll taking a carriage with it, or spilling it's load.
     
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    Maybe the other way round would be possible, the carrage turning over taking the truck with it but I have not heard of any of the carrages going over

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    I'd heard it was an overheating brake, followed by tyre explostion (leaning truck as a result).

    Suggestion was that something may have been smoldering and airflow in the carriage once in the tunnel fanned the flames.
     
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    Just not enough space in the tunnel for a truck to turn over! The picture is a very good example of how little space there are.

    I think they will have a problem on their hands as no hazardous material are allowed.

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