‘Shocking’ delays on M5

Written by on July 9, 2020

An electrical fire on a pylon blacked out thousands of homes and caused emergency services to close the M5 on Wednesday evening. Despite diversions quickly being put in place many motorists were stationary for hours while fire crews and electric companies dealt with the issue.

Cables, which usually carry 11,000 volts of power were seen draping low over the carriage way. Onlookers filmed what appears to be a broken pole-top, smoke and flames can be seen pouring from the damaged insulators as the cables ark out.

High voltage electrical engineers from Western Power used 4 wheel drive vehicles to access a farmers field and make the area safe.


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