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Eurostar back on track after Ashford death in UK

Eurostar service has restarted following a series of cancellations sparked when a person was struck and killed by a train on the English side of the cross-Channel line. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Trains began running again at 1700 UTC on Monday, and Eurostar representatives expect service to operate as normal on Tuesday, according to the company, which operates passenger rail services between London, Brussels and Paris. Officials had shut the line down after a train hit a person between the Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International stations.

"Medics from South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended the incident, but the person was pronounced dead at the scene," a spokeswoman from the British Transport Police said.

Of Monday's 17 canceled services, seven went from London to Paris, four from Paris to London, three from London to Brussels and three from Brussels to London. Eurostar has suffered a tough start to 2015, having already canceled services because of electrical problems and a lorry fire. National strikes in the countries where Eurostar operates can also disrupt the service.

Eurostar boasts more than 10 million tickets sold annually.

mkg/jil (Reuters, AFP)

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