Paris-London train Eurostar stops after hitting boar

Eurostar, train between Paris and London, stops for hours after hitting wild boar

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A high-speed Eurostar train leaves the Channel Tunnel in Coquelles, France, October 20, 2015

Eurostar traffic between London and Paris was disrupted Wednesday night after a train hit a wild boar in northern France, the company said.

Train ES9050, which left London at 1900 GMT, was stopped for several hours following the collision shortly after crossing into France.

Eurostar said in a post on Twitter that the passengers had been transferred onto another train to Paris at around 4:00 am local time (0300 GMT) on Thursday after it reached the northeastern French city of Lille.

Several passengers took to social media to express their exasperation, with one user ironically tweeting: "We can take the Metro and RER to Paris and get there almost in time to get to work!"