Telegraph pole crashes into kitchen after being hit by lorry

A telegraph pole which was ripped from the ground after being hit by lorry then smashed into the kitchen of a house. Fire crews from Newton Abbot were called at around 7pm to reports of a “dangerous structure” in the town.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that an articulated lorry had collided with an overhead telegraph wire, resulting in two ten-metre telegraph poles being ripped from the ground.

One of them then smashed through the door to the kitchen of a house and came to rest on top of a garage.

In a statement on Facebook, a spokesperson for Newton Abbot Fire Station said: ”Due to the precarious position of the telegraph pole and estimated weight of around 1000kg, the IC ‘made up’ and requested the attendance of our USAR team (Urban Search and Rescue) based in Exeter.

”They specifically requested the use of their telehandler and chainsaw operators.

”Whilst awaiting their attendance the crews called an engineer who was able to respond and confirm there was no electrical risk to either the occupants of the house or our firefighters.

“Upon the arrival of USAR on Thursday (May 6), as seen in the pictures, they used the telehandler along with strops to secure the telegraph pole while they cut it into sections.

”Once free from the house, the telehandler was able to lift the remainder of the pole off the garage and move it to an area of safety.

”This was a brilliant example of why IC’s and crews alike need to have a good understanding of the capabilities of all our stations so that the various specialisms can be best utilised for a swift and safe outcome.”

Devon Live – Devon News