The train bound for Barcelona became trapped in the tunnel in the Yerres area outside Paris. French rail operator SNCF said the power failure lasted only 10 or 15 minutes but the train was unable to restart because of its position.
A new train was sent in to shunt the stalled carriages along, but without success.
@USEmbassyFrance Many US Citizens are stuck on TGV 9713 from Paris to Barcelona. It’s pitch black, we are in a tunnel, and the temperature is rising and there is no air. Train authorities seem to be clueless. We’ve been stuck for 5 hours. Can you help?!
— Will Stingley (@dubstings) 4 June 2019
Passengers were relocated through the tunnel to the working train in front accompanied by SNCF staff, firefighters and police, according to an AFP journalist, who said two passengers were looked after by emergency workers.
One tourist, 68-year-old Australian Heather Manton, expressed concern over her reservations in Barcelona and described the experience as “horrible”.
Une panne d'alimentation électrique a perturbé le trafic dans le secteur de Yerres. La circulation a été interrompue pour permettre l'intervention de nos équipes.
— SNCF (@SNCF) 4 June 2019
The passengers were finally on the move by late afternoon.