200 train passengers evacuated from Austrian tunnel after fire

Authorities in Austria said that 200 people were evacuated on Wednesday after the train they were on caught fire in a tunnel.

According to local police, AFP, some 45 passengers experienced minor injuries as a result of the event, most likely from smoke inhalation.

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A spokeswoman for the Austrian rail operator OeBB told AFP that the overhead wire of the train, which was traveling to Hamburg and Amsterdam, cracked on Wednesday evening as it was travelling through a tunnel near the Austrian city of Innsbruck.

The damaged wire caused one or more of the cars on the passenger train, which was also hauling cars, to catch fire, according to the spokesman.

“The fire was extinguished at 22:19, and the evacuation was complete by 23:40 local time,” the official added.

The OeBB train left Vienna on Wednesday evening and was scheduled to arrive in Amsterdam on Thursday morning.

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