A5 lorry crash causes power cut in hundreds of homes

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Image caption Power has been restored and the A5 has been reopened in Shrewsbury.

Almost 800 homes in Shrewsbury were plunged into darkness when a lorry crashed into an 11,000-volt electricity pylon.

The lorry was on the A5 between Preston roundabout and Wellington at 17:00 BST on Monday when it hit a pylon, causing a cable to fall.

The cable also landed across railway tracks, causing delays to trains.

Some homes were left without power for up to six hours. No-one was injured in the crash.

The eastbound A5 remained closed overnight as electricity providers Western Power Distribution worked with Network Rail and the Highways Agency.

A total of 777 homes were hit by the power cuts.

The eastbound A5 was re-opened on Tuesday morning, and rail services were returned to normal.

Power has now been restored to all homes.

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