TWO thousand homes in Burton were plunged into darkness after a forklift truck was driven into an electrical substation.
Engineers said the whole substation needed to be replaced after the accident and properties had to be disconnected from the grid while this work was carried out.
A homeowner told the Mail: “The power suddenly cut out and everything went black. I looked out of my window and all the other houses were in darkness too.
Thankfully everything came back on quickly.” Western Power Distribution, which maintains Burton’s electrical network, said the power was only out for between two and three minutes at around 9pm on Tuesday.
The forklift truck, which Western Power said belonged to a ‘third party’, shunted into the substation off Wellington Street, Burton, at around 6pm, causing it to move several feet.
Western Power said the safest option was to replace the whole substation instead of attempting to patch it up.
The work was continuing yesterday as Forklift truck accident blacks out 2,000 homes the Mail went to press. There are not thought to have been any disruptions to people’s electricity since Tuesday night.
A Western Power Distribution spokesman said yesterday: “A forklift truck had collided with our substation just off Wellington Street and this meant we had to replace the substation.
“We had to temporarily take some people off the grid to work on it safely. There were some short interruptions of two or three minutes to people’s power and around 2,000 properties were affected.
“We are still working on the replacement of the substation but everybody now has supply again.”