Lorry driver’s lucky escape after hitting electric pole in Toome

Lorry hits electric pole

Lorry hits electric pole

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A lorry driver narrowly escaped injury after his lorry collided with a high voltage electricity pole while transporting animals from a farm near Toome.

The incident which happened last week affected electricity supplies to five homes in the surrounding area.

Luckily no-one was injured but the driver or anyone on site could have been severely injured or killed.

Customers were restored to power in the early hours of Tuesday morning, March 31.

Christine Baker of NIE said: “The lorry driver reversed into the yard and broke a high voltage 11,000 volt electricity pole, which fell over the back of the lorry.

“Luckily no-one was injured but the driver or anyone on site could have been severely injured or killed.”

The accident comes just weeks after a farmer in Portglenone knocked down an electric pole while spreading slurry. Read more here.
That accident resulted in the loss of electricity to around 100 homes in the surrounding area.