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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

11,000 volt live power line down near Carlisle

Electricity has been restored to properties hit by a power cut after a live 11,000 volt line came down across a main road outside Carlisle this morning.

Brunstock down power line photo
The road was closed by police

Police warned that the line could catch vehicles, such as lorries, after it was left hanging from a pole on the A689 between Brunstock and Houghton Hall Garden Centre.

The road was closed at the Brunstock roundabout and at the turn-off for Houghton. It has now reopened.

The line coming down, which was reported to emergency services at about 7.50am, also led to a power cut to more than 30 homes in and around Brunstock.

Electricity North West said power had been restored to all customers by 10.20am.

Police said there was no suggestion anybody had been hurt.

It was reported a tree had caused the damage although this was unconfirmed.

A force spokesman said: “Drivers are asked to avoid the area and find an alternative route.”

Diversions were put in place.

A spokeswoman for Electricity North West said: “Our engineers have made the area safe and we’ll be investigating the cause of the power outage.”

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