5 EuroStar trains broke down in the middle of the Channel Tunnel yesterday, trapping almost 2,000 people for a total of nearly 18 hours.
The trains broke down after large clumps of ice fell from the bottom of the carriages, causing a technical fault, meaning the trains had no power, and couldn't move anywhere.
Holiday makers coming home from Euro Disney said they were treated like 'caged animals' as temperatures reached 40C and water was fast running out.
Many thought they had been hit by a bomb as a loud bang caused the power to go out and the trains to stop. "No one would tell us what was going on, we were banging on the driver's door but he was just in there crying" describes a grandmother who was on one of the trains with here 2 diabetic grandchildren.
Eye witnesses thought they would die as people were passing out as EuroStar staff were telling them to 'breathe less' as their wasn't 'enough oxygen for everyone'.
Rescue trains arrived after hours of waiting, however people were escaping the trains themselves, risking their life climbing over live wires.
"We had two toilets between 1,800 people. They wouldn't open the other toilet because there was no flushing water and it was seeping with excrement. We couldn't breathe and kids passed out. Ill never travel with EuroStar again."
James Haselden , 40, from Gravesened, said, "I've never met such a rude, *arrogant bunch of people as those French people running EuroStar. We were treated like animals."