Mini Cooper smashes into telegraph pole cutting power to hundreds of homes – Echo

A RED mini smashed in to a telegraph pole and left a lot more compared to 650 homes devoid of power.

Residents and neighbours in Castledon Road, Downham told the Echo of the second they heard the collapse and exactly how the pole was left laying across driveways.

Emergency solutions arrived at the scene and closed of the road at regarding 7pm regard Wednesday.

The mini driver, a 21-year-old woman from Billericay, endured mini injuries and was taken to Basildon Hospital.

Resident Claire Lawson, 40, recalled the drama, she said: “I was merely indoors and suddenly I heard this bang.

“I ran outside and I could possibly notice the vehicle and the telegraph pole leaning over. There was a family that owned got from their vehicle to notice to the driver.

“My driveway was blocked so I couldn’t grab out, yet I shouted over to notice if I could possibly advice at every one of yet the family seemed to have actually it in hand.

“I am still shocked.

“There was smoke coming from the bonnet of the vehicle and there were emergency solutions everywhere dealing along with the incident.”

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Police were called and located a Mini Cooper owned been in collision along with an overhead line.

“UK electricity Networks and BT engineers were contacted as the pole owned fallen and cables were in the road. The highways authority was likewise contacted to deal along with an oil spill.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

A spokesman for UK electricity Networks said: “We were swiftly regard site repairing damage to the pole and cables.

“667 customers would certainly have actually seen an interruption to electricity at regarding 7.50pm along with 642 properties restored in half an hour.

“24 customers owned their electricity spine at 1.10am yesterday along with the last customer having electricity restored merely after 10.30am as a result of access issues.”

Some residents likewise wished to highlight involves along with speeding in the road, even though there’s no idea the mini was going also fast.

Brieege McCaffrey of Castledon Road said: “People rate down this road every one of the time.

“Although it is a 30mph rate limitation drivers still whizz along right here at 70mph, it’s terrible and People merely do not preserve to the rate limit.

A police spokesman added: “Police are aware of residents’ involves regarding speeding and carry out enforcement action in the Downham area.

“This is stabilized versus the should prioritise incidents where there is higher threat of threat, harm and threat to the public.”

The Echo contacted Chelmsford Council for a comment concerning speeding.