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Old 10.06.2011, 05:21
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Fire in the Simplon Tunel now controlled

A BLS Cargo freight train that caught fire shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday morning is still blocking the Simplon tunnel near Brig, in the canton of Valais. The Simplon pass is closed to cars between Gondo, in Switzerland and Iselle in Italy due to heavy smoke from a fire in the train tunnel. Traffic is being re-routed via the St Bernard and Gotthard passes.

Firefighters are at the scene and smoke can be seen coming from the tunnel on the Italian side.

Rail passengers heading to Italy from Geneva, Basel and via Bern have been advised to travel via Zurich — which would add two to three hours to their journey.

The blockage also caused massive disruption to local train and bus services in the area.

Swiss Federal Railways does not know when the problem will be resolved, but it has opened a hotline to help people rearrange their journeys.
The number is 0800 99 66 33.

Those having planned holidays during the Whit Holidays ( Pfinsgsten June 10-13th ) are encouraged to call up SBB and enquire how this event affects them.

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Re: Fire in the Simplon Tunel now controlled

It looks to me that that the SBB site is calling this

Unscheduled construction work: Brig - Iselle di Trasquera

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