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INCIDENT: TWO INJURED IN UNDERGROUND CABLE STRIKE

Minor steetworks hits high voltage power cable causing ‘roman candle’ effect

It has been reported by the Flintshire Chronicle that two men have been injured after a power cable was struck during minor streetworks on road in Shotton. A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said paramedics treated two casualties although their injuries are not believed to be life threatening. 

Neal Cockerton, Flintshire County Council’s Head of Assets and Transportation said:

“we understand that contractors working to install the new half width bus bays in Shotton High Street have hit a high voltage electricity cable, we believe that there are two casualties that have been taken to hospital for treatment. We have no further information at this current moment in time. Council staff are on site dealing with local road closures and diversions.

Shotton councillor Dave Evans said:

“I was two streets away when I saw a huge plume of smoke go up over Iceland and the old Woolworths. I went down there and saw two men lying on the floor, an elderly lady told me one of them had been set on fire. She said the flames went up like a Roman candle and were as high as the building.”

A passer-by said:

“I didn’t see what happened but I have heard there was someone with a jack hammer who has gone through a power cable. It is shocking, I think everyone is shaken up.”

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